8 x 10"
oil on panelOccasionally, I finish a painting and don't quite like - so I rest it nearby my easel and obsess about it in between working on other pieces. Then I continue to tinker with it from time to time. This is one of those tinkered paintings.
The first time I 'completed' it, I was irritated with how tight it was - it looks too much like a photo and not really an oil painting. I like more brushwork, I like moving oil paint around. I must have tinkered over five different times during August and in the end, something you probably can't detect in the image above, is the texture - which I'm happy with. A little palette knife action, dry-brushing on top of dry paint is what turned it into more of an oil painting and that's the ticket.
This scene was from middle America, alongside Hwy 30, the Lincoln Highway, in Brule, Nebraska.