What happens to plein air paintings when they go home?

I have no idea if anyone cares about the answer to this question, but I am hard up for images today and here is one that I have. If you have been following along for a while, you might recognize this as the scene that I painted for International Plein Air Painters day, back in September. I made some improvements to it in the studio–improvements that please me, but you might not agree. Here is the original:

Although the water has changed hue, I swear I did nothing to the water except work on the visiting duck. The change in hue must have something to do with the digital manipulations that these photos experience.

What I did do: I lightened up on the dark shadows because they struck me as too . . . well, they STRUCK me and that ain’t good. Then, as I mentioned before, I tried to bring that duck to life. Finally, I added more texture and definition in the foliage by stippling in lighter leaves. The middle ground is now more clearly in front of the background. The trees on the right side of the middle ground have more character.

Altogether, these changes do not amount to much, but I am happier with this painting than I was before.

For those of you who have not been following along, this scene is of a wetland that empties into Lake Massabesic in Auburn or Manchester, New Hampshire. The size of the painting is 16 by 20 inches. The water was rippling like that because of the wind. I prefer to paint reflections in the water, which requires relatively still water, but this was fun for a change.

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