Here’s the last one from my workshop in Highlands. The sketches and photos I got from the first day weren’t great, so I went back to No. 285 from earlier in the year. The light and overall composition was a much better fit for John’s style, and I think we made a lot of progress on this one.
Going through the process was mind bending. I thought No. 285 was a good painting but reworking it in this was took it to an entirely new place. The experience was about control and making calculated decisions to make the painting stronger. This is the kind of work I want to do but end up rushing or being impatient. The whole workshop was a great lesson in slowing down and trying to make something sing.