There were a lot of thick outlines in 170520 Flowers in Cup, so with this painting I tried to define edges by tonal difference instead. Altogether, I find it an odd picture, especially how the top part doesn’t look like it comes from the same painting as the bottom part, in colour, paint handling, depth, etc.
Also unexpected was the way that a bright synthetic yellow glow seems to shine through the upper two-thirds of the picture, giving the whole thing a shrill citrus-y luminosity. With so much green and red, I didn’t expect the yellows to dominate in this way. Maybe it’s due to yellow being the colour common to the jacket, flesh, and trees, and maybe also because there are no blues or violets to balance the yellows.
I thought about going back in to “improve” parts of this, but I’ve decided to leave it as it is for now. I can’t place how I feel about it, so I’m keeping it as a record of my development.