Follow The Leader
by Susie Tenzer 11" X 15"
Aren't they? I finally finished this piece and it took me a bit longer than usual because I made some mistakes. I took the photo on a cloudy day at a lovely Japanese garden in Seattle. My grandkids were throwing food out to the fish from the bridge we were standing on. What a commotion! The fish splashed, the kids laughed and I knew this would make a good painting. When I got home I made some initial decisions, such as moving the duck and fish closer together than they appeared in the photo. I also decided on the color palette, cool blues, greens and a pop of orange for the fish. The lily pads were challenging because at first I made them too yellow-green. Their tone was also too bright in comparison to the gray blue water. I got about a quarter of the way through the lily pads when I decided I'd better erase! I spent the better part of a day, carefully erasing with my battery eraser. Stonehenge paper can take quite a lot of abuse, though. I began again, laying a gray green undertone. Now the effect looks like the cloudy morning that we experienced. My mistake caused me to pause and think carefully about what I wanted to show. I learned a lot from this painting - mistakes are sometimes good!