Have you ever been painting and it's just not working and all of a sudden you have no patience left and you deep 6 it? Well this is what happened to this study. Luckily it was a study, and it reminded me of why these small paintings are so valuable.
This was a street corner in France somewhere, and these two old fellows were solving the world's problems. I loved them, but also loved the ambiance of the corner with the market, awning, colours etc. It wasn't a digital image, which would have made it easier to play with and crop. I know I could have scanned it, but I jumped in and started painting. I got so feed up with it not working, that I just put it out of my sight and forgot about it. But the other day, I came upon it and right away I realized that the composition was all wrong. If I cropped it, I could make the two fellows more of a focal point and still capture the ambiance. Editing is one of the most important steps in composing a painting, so I would move or edit out that dark vertical post. It keeps wanting to be in the middle. Then I would tone down the colour of the fruits and brighten the shirt on the fellow facing forward. One day I may even go back and repaint this one because I have a great title for it. What do you think? Is the composition better like this? Have you experienced problems like this?