|Sublime Tree Line|
sublime tree line
I returned to this painting today. I had set it aside several years ago because something about it just didn't seem right to me. Some time after that I pulled it out again and worked on it, only to return it to the discard pile again. Today I pulled it out, looked at the reference photo, and taped the painting to the board on my easel. But once I had it up, I loved it. I just needed to see it with fresh eyes. Maybe where I went wrong to begin with was initially having an idea of what I wanted it to be. I just had to be patient with it and myself. Now it has a dreamy quality to me. Sometimes I find reference photos set me onto a literal path and then I'm disappointed in the results. I just need to trust in my process and that takes time - sometimes several years, but this is a good life lesson.
The original reference photo for this painting was taken when we were on a family trip to Callaway Gardens in Georgia many years ago.