This painting was inspired by another painting I'd previously done, and it's much closer to the way I paint for myself, albeit faster and with much fewer layers and changes. I think because of that I both like this one and find it to be super awkward (hah!). When painting for myself, I do tend to paint quite small like this. Once I have a painting worked out, I decide what I do and don't like and what things I should change. If I really like the painting, I take all of those lessons from the small version, and I paint a larger version.
Now, if I were to take this painting to a larger version, I would spend a little more time planning my composition. There was no planning to this one, and because of that, I feel like the sun is in a really awkward place. I'd like to have it closer to the clump of trees on the right, closer to the horizon, and with more opportunity for reflection in the water. Aside from the compositional issues, I would just clearly spend more time and energy in the elements. Because this is close to how I personally paint, I think it looks rushed. Other than those things, I super love the sky! I'm really glad I jumped in and just did those dark clouds even though I was afraid to :)
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Fredrix canvas sheet (cut and glued to a foamboard)
Fuzzbert #8 filbert (or any old, small, puffy brush)