Just for comparison's sake here's the photo I took of it last week. I wasn't happy with it at this stage. While there were elements that I really liked, it was just too "literal" for me. I really wanted something more abstracted and expressionistic. This somehow reminds me of those hideously kitch paintings from the 60s and 70s.
And here's where it started...
I initially had intended for this painting to include ships like the ones I see from my friend Ruth's apartment:
This is where the inspiration came from, but I just couldn't make it work with what I'd done already, and I wanted to push it further into the abstract. There may have to be another one at some stage. I mean look at that view! That's Indonesia over there.
I absolutely adore abstract landscapes. My pins on pinterest lately have included lots of abstract landscapes, but it's something that I really struggle to produce on my own. I think it is partly scale. I much prefer to paint big canvases and have done some quite abstract work in the past on big canvases. But when it comes to taking a picture in my head (I tried not to look at the picture too much as I think that hinders the abstraction...not sure if I'm right about that....) and turning it into an abstract representation it is definitely something that I find a challenge.
So jump in. Did I ruin it? Do you prefer version #2?
In the last photo you can see that my easel probably wasn't straight while I was painting. At some point I'd love a proper easel, or a donkey like we used to have at school.