The Other Dove, egg tempera on panel. Daniel Ambrose

The Other Dove, egg tempera on panel. Daniel Ambrose

The Other Dove

Egg tempera on panel, 12 x 12 inches.

One of the paintings for my show at Hughes Gallery, Boca Grande. I’ll be at the gallery January 23-25 from 12-5 pm. Details on the events page.

This is not the dove I intended to paint. The idea for that one isn’t fully resolved, so I painted the other one.

Idea, selection and composing are essential keys to successful paintings. Beginning artists often try to say it all, get everything into a painting. Ask the question, what is this painting about? Knowing what you want to paint and why you want to paint it are useful guides to follow before plunging into paint. Purge all unnecessary elements to get to the heart of the matter. I call it reductive painting.

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