|"Summer picnic in Pennsylvania" by Hilary J England, 2011, 36" x 48" oil on canvas|
First, the nature of it (so many people) took maximum effort. Multiple figure groupings are a challenge from a design standpoint, but I was very happy with the design I finally ended with--it was just hte painting itself. Through the end of the summer, it was a miserable experience, to be blunt. But, I perservered through sweat, fly, gnats, sweltering heat, and general frustration, and I finished it. That in itself is a victory. Near the end, I was ready to just throw it aside...but I knew how much that would bother me. I would not be able to move on until I gave it my very best once more, and in the end, I really think it came together wonderfully.
So, now I can breath a sigh of relief, sit back and really enjoy this painting, and move on to the other large scale paintings I'm looking to begin...Hooray! Out with summer and in with the cool weather!