|"Top of the Ravine Garden" 10" x 8" Oil on Raymar Panel|
I painted this in a series of visits. Whenever I lugged my painting gear out to this spot, I would get a rush of happiness the minute I could hear the waterfalls and see this statue in her perfect setting. I would say that it was done 90% plein air and 10% in the studio...because I loved being out there. Many nice people stopped to talk to me. A couple of ladies asked me for private lessons. One photographer took pictures of me painting.
One woman, who is also a painter, came up to talk to me while I was struggling with a certain area of the painting. I told her of the particular area I was fighting with, and she simply said, "Yeah, paint general-to-specific," then she moved on. Ah yes! I had known that principle, but she reminded me of it at the perfect time, as I was drowning in the details! Everything flowed well after that. Sometimes people give you just the right words at just the right time. Thanks lady, wherever you are.