May 9, 2015

Variations on a theme - "The Conversation" second state

Oil on museum quality Ampersand Gessobord panel
8" x 10"

You should be aware by now that my "daily paintings" often serve as sketches for larger works.  By their very nature, these small paintings allow for the exploration of multiple compositions from various angles without spending days and weeks on a large polished painting only to find that it could have been improved if only I had done this or that.  The fact that these little panels hold together as finished works of art is a side benefit of their creation. A case in point is the painting above.  An earlier version saw the standing beagle with his hand on the huntmaster's arm.  I liked that very much but I might want to introduce a few more of his canine cohorts at the bottom of the larger finished painting.  We shall see.   


Margaret said...

I like both but the paw on the arm is quite moving

Mark Adams said...

I agree, Margaret.