The first thing I noticed coming into Jeff Hein’s studio was that the jungle was gone and replaced with a blue sky and distant hills. Jeff is playing around with the idea of opening up the sky around the figures of his painting but still have trees around and above them. The adult figure stands out a lot more, and is more of the focus I noticed with this new change in compositional elements, but it will remain to be seen how Jeff develops it or what he keeps or discards.
Jeff also worked on part of the dress of the child, slowing working his way thru the maze like subtle color changes in the folds. The dress has a lot of browns of various temperatures and colors in it, and I noticed that he was scraping off his palette when he had a lot of paint on his palette and asked him why he didn’t save it, or reuse it for the rest of the dress. He said that he only allowed a certain amount of paint to be on his palette mixed. To much of it and it would take that much more paint to change into the many subtle temperature changes that the dress was calling for.