Adjusting Composition on Puffin Painting

As I continued layering dots on this tiny canvas I realized that the composition was a little askew.  I’ll need to adjust it using values, darken the area to the right of the puffin head and perhaps lighten the dark background in the center of the canvas to the left of the puffin chest.  One of the advantages of working on such a small format is that I can squeeze painting sessions into a busy schedule and feel like I’m making progress.  And, the compositions on these little studies are relatively simple.  Painting miniatures is a productive warm-up before tackling a major larger painting.

Gail Niebrugge, wildlife artist

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