Recently, there seems to be a pattern to my days. Either I do chores or I do errands in the morning, and then, my afternoons are spent on painting or sewing.
Today was another day of work on Hay Raking. I won't show you what I did because there aren't any photographs, yet. Suffice it to say that I spent my time "lifting" as much of the foreground as I could. That simply means that I removed as much of the paint in that area as I could. Then, while I waited for that to dry, the line of trees just beyond the field got my attention. When the paper was dry enough, the field was up for an overhaul. I think I have improved those two areas, or at least I like them better.
And I think I have figured out why I like the way this painting looks for the most part. It has the feel of a book illustration to me, and once upon a time, that was what I thought I would do with my life. This was during the first year of college when I was an art major (sculpture). Even then I knew I would never be able to make a living with my art; I'm just not that good. However, I thought maybe that I could illustrate children's books and support myself enough in between sculpting. What did I know? Not much, that's for sure. But maybe that quality that I see in this painting is the reason I have a fondness for it.
Next I must tackle the lake.
Then I'll work on Raking the Hay 2 and see if I can apply what I have learned in during the first pass.