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Sometimes, one part of your painting outshines the rest. What’s a painter to do?

“Autumn Brambles,” by Brenda Boylan, 2013, oil, 8 x 10 in.

“In this plein air piece, I set out to capture the autumn colors at a wildlife refuge, but I was struggling the entire time to capture the color of the tree,” recalls Portland painter Brenda Boylan. “As I was finishing up, I realized I had some blackberry brambles that had been overlooked, and so I quickly gestured them in. They ended up being the better part of the painting because of the gesture and spontaneity of the brushwork. I am considering cropping the piece, but I’m still undecided.”


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