"Chloe redux" 2013 Oil on panel 6" x 8"
Say, haven't I seen this before? Well, yes and no. It's true many artists return to an image now and again to explore new possibilities or variations on a theme. As artists, we (hopefully) never stop growing and one way is to look at something that worked, or didn't work, in a new way. So it is with little Chloe here. I had multiple reasons for returning to this image, one was a long ago faux pas that I am trying to set right and the second is academic. This painting was perfect for me to see the different effects between my old dutch palette with its myriad of umbers, ochres and siennas and my new limited "Zorn" palette of just white, black, cadmium red light and yellow ochre. Is there a difference? I'll let you decide. Personally, I find the new piece richer and more "late nineteenth century" than the older work which, while not without charm, lacks a certain je ne sais quoi.
"Chloe" 2009 Oil on panel 6" x 8"