My cousin and I painted the cliffs below Cabrillo National Monument a few days ago. It was a foggy day with soft, muted light.
I don’t usually make many adjustments to my paintings when I get home, mostly because something gets lost in the process. But I thought the colors were too dull, did not like the diagonal across the upper edge of the sea, found the oval in the sky distracting, and wanted to indicate more of the foliage on the right side. This piece needed some adjustments!
Below is the changed painting, but as usual, I like the original version better. Even though this second version is happier and brighter, the focal area shifted from the cliffs to the foliage. Additionally, the overall mood of the first is truer to what originally struck me about the scene. Probably some mix of the two versions would be best.