Here's one of my projects for editorial painting class. The story we worked from was about loss called The Hare's Mask.
color study -
I played around with the idea of adding a graphic border consisting of vegetation to help balance the flatness of the red outlines of the sticks...but ultimately decided against it.
finished oil painting -
too muddy for my taste, so I touched it up with my photoshop ninjitsu
final version -
the resolution between the two scenes seemed awkward... especially around the father's sweater (there was implied lower back showing) ... I'm still not fully satisfied with how it turned out, but I feel like this project helped me figure out a lot about technique (and reawakened the oil painter in me).