This my entry for Paint Party Friday, a weekly display from about 85 artists from all over the globe. The site is hosted by Kristin and Eva, Thank you, Ladies!
My painting today has undergone many changes. I first painted it about 4 years ago. I had all cornstalks in the background, and a very dark black shadow under the crow and all strokes on the pumpkin going one way, and a stem bottom showing on the pumpkin towards the right side of the canvas. On Monday of this week Susan Ploughe who is one of the instructors at Mainstreet Art Center(where I go to paint with my artists friends a couple of times a week) asked us to all bring in a couple of our "duds", the paintings that did not work out as planned. So I took my crow and pumpkin. It was predominately orange and yellow over the whole painting, the pumpkin, the ground, the background of cornstalks. There was some green in the leaves and some of the cornstalks, but otherwise all orange & yellow! Susan had a sneaky idea up her sleeve! She had us trade our paintings with someone else and we were each to work on the other person's painting, so that the painting would be looked at with a new perspective. Susan told us that if we didn't like what the other person did with our painting we could just wipe it off with turp, since all our paintings were dry long ago. Well, I worked on Corrine's Napa Valley painting and she worked on my crow. Corrine merged all the cornstalks together with some different background colors that were impressionistic, and the painting was so much better, but it was still oranges, yellows and greens. After I went home, I thought about it and decided that blue might be good with the orange, since they are compliments. So today I changed the shape of the pumpkin, changed the direction of the strokes on the pumpkin, lightened the really dark shadow, as suggested by Ann Feldman, added many different colors to the leaves, made the broken piece of pumpkin shell the right value, and got rid of all the orange in the background with sky blue. Oh, what a relief it is! ( I am singing this part!) LOL!