After I printed out my new design, I felt that I needed to move the blue boat elsewhere, so rather than go through the complexity of digitally cutting it out, flipping it around and pasting it in another location - and possibly with perspective errors - I changed the boat position when I made my full-size sketch on a 12x24 panel. The observant reader will note that even so, I still got the perspective a little wrong on the blue boat. I didn't notice that until near the end of the painting process.
Along the way, I felt that the painting needed something else. An astute student, who in the past has helped with chicken-wrangling at some of more rural workshops, suggested a chicken. Before actually painting one in, though, I decided to Photoshop it in first (or rather, Photo-Paint it in) to see how it'd look. I really liked the surreal feeling the chicken added to the piece, but decided the painting would be a hard sell to tourists who might want a chicken-free scene. So, I added some floats instead.
In the process of making adjustments, I corrected some perspective problems and added a little soft sunlight spilling down on the blue boat. What makes this panorama a "natural divider" diptych? The little island rock in the center serves to split the painting; each half could be a complete painting on its own. It's much more subtle a divider than in some of the earlier paintings.
|"Five Boats" (finished) 12x24 oil/panel|
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