Seascape Relief: Update 13
The painting of the background was one of the steps I was most concerned about. My best friend in college - who himself is a great painter - used to characterize a good deal of my two-dimensional work as "mud" due to the fact I would go over and over a painting to the point that the colors disappeared into a murky, brown goo.
I was determined not to let that need for perfection get the better of me this time. Perhaps it is good that I haven't painted in a long time - I could unlearn some old habits and create a new dynamic.
I wanted to capture something almost childishly simple: the fading colors of sunset leading upward to twilight and beyond. And I also didn't want to take the focus away from the steel buildings and clouds that would be layered on top of them. The background had to be interesting but not distracting.
So I gathered up my brushes and my paints and attacked the large wooden backing board in one great sweep of an evening. I trusted myself and my instincts.
And I think I nailed it.