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Painting involves a series of decisions. What size canvas to use; what shape? What angle to set up; how about the composition? And on, and on, and on. Every stroke of the brush is a decision…color, amount, shape, etc. In the example here I painted from a photo taken on vacation last December of oysters, one of Allen’s favorites. The photo was dark but I liked the look of the shapes on the plate. I decided to lighten it up. Then it looked plain so I added in a tablecloth. I lived with it a few days and then decided to change it back to a plain background. I’ll live with it a little longer to decide what to do next. Sometimes canvases sit around for months while I make decisions. Sometimes they get several coats of paint as I make the decision. Decisions….decisions…..

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