|Ooooo - new version - 2011 - oil and cold wax on canvas, 36"x36"|
It looks a little different from the original, but unless you toggled back and forth between the two versions, I don't know that you would notice much of a change. This one is not as slick as it appears in this photo and the old version is not as sketchy as it appears in its image. (You can see the old one here.) It looks good in person and the color is a bit stronger in some places. (By the way, you can click on the images to enlarge them.)
|Ooooo detail of the new version|
Yellow is a hard color to capture and you can see that the yellow ground looks very different between the image of the full painting and the detail. Actually, neither one is really accurate, but the detail is probably closer to the truth.
At some point during the painting yesterday, I decided that the piece had to stand or fall on its own - enough with the copying; let's make a painting. I remembered my favorite painting teacher, Rob Moore, talking about a painting having to be convincing. And before anyone else can be convinced, the artist has to reach that point. I had to be convinced that the painting had reached its conclusion and made sense to me. Well, I'm there.