Thursday I stopped by the gallery here is Santa Fe that represents my work, Winterowd Fine Art, while sorting thru inventory with gallery owner Karla Winterowd we paused to discuss this painting. It is titled “Evening Quiet”. I told Karla that I wanted to take it back to the studio and rework some of the areas.. Something about the painting seemed “not quite there” I wasn’t sure what… but I felt that I could make it a stronger painting. When I got it back to the studio and looked at it for a long time. It came to me. I was trying to indicate by the tree and foreground values and by the title that the time of day was evening or nightfall and yet the sky was not conveying that idea. I worked some salmon/orange into the lower section of the sky and darkened the top of the sky plane with lavender. I also introduced some of the warmth of the orange and buff into the sky to create an overall harmonious feeling. I then decided to raise the height of the trees to make them a little more imposing and go farther above the halfway point of the 40 inch canvas which feels less static to me. I am pleased with the results overall and do feel that it is a stronger painting. I remember reading that the American landscape painter George Inness would sometimes take paintings off the walls of collectors homes and back to the studio to re-work. They also sometimes fell apart and the whole painting was lost which is always a risk. I am glad this one worked out.