I am still revisiting work that I have not been completely happy with. It is such a different way of working and yet so similar—not unlike switching from watercolor to oil painting. The basic idea is the same but with a different set of challenges. As discussed in an earlier blog, reworking pieces limits what additional elements I can add and have some parts that are completely inaccessible.
The pattern of the pinecone juxtaposed with the pattern of the frame always appealed to me and yet there just wasn’t enough visual interest to hold the piece together. This wasn’t complex enough for a typical Foundling but not simple enough to be a minimal work.
Having a frame within a frame composition seemed to work but it needed more elements. Adding elements with different textures created a “fugue” of patterns that rather than competing with each other actually “talked” to each other creating a conversation that I am much more satisfied with. Maintaining the two different brown tones helped focus the attention on the pinecone as well.