My friend Constance sent me a long email in response to my Ruins III post.
I said "Constance it's only a piece of paper! I will just repaint it"
said "Alan , It just a piece of paper but there is something special
taking a painting not quite right and turning to something remarkable.
will learn a lot in doing it."
She was right ... Well it may not be remarkable but it is way better :-)
She explained how to:
Cut down the tree (well remove it)
Fix the background
Repaint the sky
Rework the shadow and sunlit sides of the ruin.
This is where I started, That tree had to go!
So deep breath ...
I took cell phone photo's of the process ...
First, scrub off the tree and wash out the background to the right of the ruin and lighten the ruin itself
Then repaint the sky and the background to the right of the ruin
Rework the sunlit and shadow sides of the ruin
Et Voila !
Yeah OK but they are cell phone photo's the original really does look better :-)
Lessons learned ;
Even in watercolour you can fix things.
Listen to your friends :-)