Where's the delete button!?!

Photo courtesy of Kevin McPeake of

Haagse Fiets Chic

First attempt - way to busy.

Who even knows if there's a focal point.

 Recently I have been trying to capture busy city life, bikes in particular. Left is the photo I was working from. This is by friend and photographer in The Hague, Kevin McPeake. In the original photo, I love the cyclist in the busy city street with lots of people about with their umbrellas. But when I tried to put all that information in the painting, my main character was lost.

City Livin' 10 x 10 oil on panel. Palette knife - Sold

I made several attempt to edit, simply, and bring her forward. Eventually, I had to admit that I just wasn't going to capture the bustling town scene and I just need to reconcile my painting. Hello delete button. I ended up taking all of the back ground out, and simplified to color palette. Although,  disappointed that I didn't achieve my original goal, I have a painting I'm happy with.

There is always next time!!!

Happy painting, Dawn

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