in this painting i reduced the midtones and background of the background; a wharf. i flattened out the depth by covering it it in opaque colors. i hoped to create a certain mood; a boy, proud owner of a handmade toy boat. he probably made this with his dad or uncle or other loving relation. he is near the wharf or a lake, perhaps, and will soon set the boat assail.
the mood i am trying to set is of ownership, decorum and stoic pride.
i reduced my palette to only 3 main colors; green, cream and lavender. (the black was already there). the lavender under the cream is what really shows the underlying nuances.