Here’s the finished piece from yesterday’s article “Up-sized canola painting”.

(Canola shadows. 70x37cm oil on panel. © 2010, Andy Dolphin)

At my wife’s suggestion I added more detail to the foreground. This is always a bit of a juggling act – adding enough detail to keep it interesting but not so much that it becomes a focal point. As such I’ve kept the detail deliberately soft and unsaturated. Still, it’s difficult to go back in on a painting that you considered finished.

(Canola shadows – detail. Oil on panel. © 2010, Andy Dolphin)

Here’s a close-up of the focal tree. As often happens, now that I’ve seen it cropped like this I see potential for a whole new painting.