After looking at this painting for a number of years and finding it totally blah, I decided it needed help. Especially the sky. I thought a sunset painting with the Washington Monument silhouetted against it would be quite dramatic.
I began by sanding the surface of the painting so it would take the new paint well and get rid of any bumps from previous brushstrokes. Basically the drawing is unchanged.
By using other source material that I have accumulated, I changed the sky into a sunset. What a difference!
I darkened the trees and the cherry blossoms, and made the water smooth with reflections. The colors are more purple in the shadows. I really like the painting now. This is a good example of painting what you want to see, rather than painting what you see.
It will be at American Painting Fine Art for the exhibit "Images of Washington DC." The gallery is located at 5118 MacArthur Blvd. NW, Washington, DC. The reception is Saturday, June 8 from 5-7 p.m. I'll be there with other participating artists in the Washington Society of Landscape Painters.