View of our Crafstbury apartment from the step up from the kitchen to the utility room. Had to block the entryway while painting, so to get by we had to shimmmy sideways and hope we didn’t bump into the palette full of paint. I started the painting with my palette knife and got a few things in and then realized that I’d put in the ceiling at the top of the picture, and the refrigerator at the right, which didn’t leave much room for the table and chairs and the living room off to the left. So I took a brush and went at it with a bit of gusto, drawing in the things I wanted, moving the whole perspective down and to the left. This little half-hour session with the brush imparted some good energy that I tried to maintain in the picture. On the second day of painting, a Sunday morning, Ailynne sat down at the table with her crossword and coffee and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to paint her in. Her figure led me to realize that I’d made the table much too small, and the wall behind it much too narrow (she looked rather like a giant, capable of picking up the entire table). So I had to enlarge the wall, the table, and move the window scene a good deal to the right. The result is that the right side of the painting is a bit heavier—there’s alot more paint on it—than the left side. The left side is, incidentally, my favorite part of the picture and I like how much light comes through.
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