Larry....Thanx for the special critique. I wish I would have been able to use your expertise when I was working this piece.
This was done in 1991 and has been hanging on a stairwell wall ever since. I would often cringe when I would look at it because I too felt it was assymetrical. What's weird is I feel most of the activity is to the left of the vertical line and below the horizon line. I also feel that the left side of the vertical does not seem to belong to the right side of the vertical. I never intended for this tension to happen. I wanted the viewer to get the feeling that one might have after spending a long day at the beach and finally firing up the grill and sitting down with friends to munch on hotdogs and watch the sun go down. I think you alluded to that "tranquil feeling". This piece was pretty much illconceived as I did this piecemeal.
After years of studying this albatross, I think I should have added more clouds to the left of the vertical as you suggested. I should have also added more rocks and maybe some spray to the right of the large rock on about the same plane as the breaking wave. The goal would be to tie both sides of the picture together.
To answer Carly's question, Every thing in the picture was from my imagination except the sky. I copied it from a photo I snapped of a farmers corn field...bob