Here again is the shot of the barn from yesterday in all its leaden splendor. Another tactic I use on these paintings which prove too gray is to turn them into twilight or tonalist sunset pictures.
This is generally something I do in the studio when the picture has dried for at least a couple of days. That's important for a couple of reasons . One, I want to have some perspective on what the pictures problems really are, if I did it too soon I might radically change a piece without really deciding if just a little tweak might make it OK. Two, I want the piece to be absolutely dry, so that if I do mess up, I can wipe back to my original painting with a rag dipped in thinner. If the painting is at all wet that is not possible. It also helps that I work with an alkyd medium ( more about those here ) because when my paintings dry, the mineral spirits won't lift the paint if I wipe it back, at least not very much.
Here is the same scene reworked as a tonalist sunset. I have said before that when I work in photoshop I feel like I am working in Gummi worms. But you see what I mean anyway. I am showing you these not because you will want to do exactly this to a gray day painting (get your own shtick!) but because I want you to get the idea that even paintings with a problem will sometimes yield to some creative alterations. If the painting is too gray or whatever, you might as well fool around with it, what have you got to lose. You might get lucky, and end up with something really nice.
There are still a few places left in the second workshop. Here is a view of the Inn where we will be doing it. If you still want to go you can sign up here.