I love them… I love them not…

For the last month and a half, I’ve been working on a large commission triptych project for a client’s office. Today I’ll apply the final coat of varnish, so the project is nearly complete. And, my client loves these paintings, so… yay!

However, the last week of finishing these paintings up has me stuck between loving them… and not loving them. In general, I love my birch tree paintings and, with this particular set, think I captured (from left to right) a solid feeling of Summer, Autumn and Winter. In fact, I wish I was sitting smack in the middle of the Autumn panel right now!

So why am I sometimes feeling that “I love them not”? Is there something wrong with my composition across these 3 panels? Is it just my usual feeling of depression that I experience whenever I finish a painting?

What do you think?

“Tall Birch Trees – Summer, Autumn, Winter”; oil and metallic watercolor on panel (middle panel is 45×18″).

3 thoughts on “I love them… I love them not…

  1. Michael Richards (certainline) October 7, 2016 / 12:05 am

    I agree with your client – terrific! As a good friend of mine said, a bit of self doubt is good for artists otherwise we’d not be motivated to progress.

    • davidcastleart October 7, 2016 / 7:25 am

      Thanks for your compliment, Michael… and yes, I also agree a bit of self doubt is good and helpful!

  2. Yvonne Wagner February 5, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    Probably too late and as the client likes it who cares what I say, but I would have put a little red in the lower right corner of the left one, and in the upper left of the right one to make them a little more related color-wise. Found your site trying to figure out how to use my tube of the strange but beautiful moon glow watercolor by Daniel smith. Off to look at the rest of your site.

    Ps I make sure I am getting enough full spectrum light for mood control. Lamps are available for this purpose.

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