Firstly, many apologies for the slightly blurry image. I took about a dozen pictures trying to get it properly centered & lit & this is the best I could get it.
I'm not entirely pleased with the reworked painting, either. I was doing fine until a single brush stroke had more of an effect than I'd hoped. It may be silly, but a single, bad brush stroke can stop me cold on a painting. The day before the bad brush stroke I'd posted that it was almost done. Instead it sat for a while on my floor while I looked it over & writhed in agony until I was able to conceive of a decent enough possible "fix." Unfortunately I think I would've been better off leaving well enough alone. C'est la vie. It's signed, it's finished--time to stop writhing in agony & move on.
For those who hadn't seen it, the study for this painting, "Sunset at Cedar Bay," is below. It's 10x8" & more true to the original photograph, but certain aspects prompted me into the rework. The finished painting is 18x14" & contains elements that just won't be possible to capture in a photograph. The biggest difference between them is that I blended some irridescent white & gloss varnish into the paint used for the water. As a result, seen from a certain angle parts of the water in the painting actually reflect light. That's something I really do like about the finished product.
I really shouldn't complain so much--I've done much worse. It's acceptable enough, even if I rue not having stopped just a few brush strokes ago. I'm just being my own worst critic, as usual. <:\
(Update, 2008; The smaller study was given to friends as a housewarming gift after their home was lost in the California wildfires.)