6"X8" Oil on board

This was definitely one of those "what was I thinking?" paintings. I chose the subject because I thought it would be a challenge, but it was bit more of a challenge than I really wanted. I was picking at it for most of the day, on and off, and wiped off the entire staircase and started again at one point. I have painted this staircase from a different angle before. It was a lot easier last time.

I did manage to achieve one or two other things today, apart from the usual 6 loads of laundry and two shopping expeditions. I also painted the peak of the west wall of the house. I should be able to reach the rest from the 16' ladder which will be a relief. I can't move the big one on my own and have to get the boys to help every time I need to shift it.

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  1. It sounds like your heart wasn't in it, though I have to say the result does not look that way.

  2. It looks fine to me. Does the last step wrap around the staircase? maybe that's what bothers you.

  3. Thanks for your support. What I realized was that although some subjects can work with a loose impressionistic treatment, others require certain elements to be rendered faithfully in order the read effectively. I think the staircase is one. It is not that the detail needs to be exact but the the placement should be, never mind.


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