Getting it better

by Paul Burmeister

Mother and Child, Lake Michigan. Left: 2013; right: 1985

This image is another that I "rescued" from among a pile of old canvases. Notice the immediate impact of straightening the horizon. Generally, the revision brings greater clarity to relationships of form and color. I was reminded of Professor Robert Grilley's advice to base a painting's color on a triad; I think he preferred variations of red, blue, and white. My revision ends up being a triad of blue, yellow, and red, with support from a little green, violet, and orange.