Sunday, November 21, 2010
This is a departure from my usual. It follows two "wasted"
painting sessions trying to paint an amaryllis blossom--just
could not get the values right however much I squinted; they
were quite pronounced as shapes but so delicate, getting their
relationships right was too much at this point. But, trying to
achieve that delicacy meant holding the brush differently, which
got carried over to these more solid forms. There's a burnt umber
value study underneath, something I usually avoided because
of time, but now find so helpful---like bones for the forms and
structure for the overall painting. It also offers a map of the
composition in terms of value that can easily be corrected before
color enters and confuses. My composition struggles in the
last post have also led to a realization with this one that composition
is also as simple as relationship between lights and darks. The good
thing about trying and failing is that the process itself transforms
your brain so it's less obsessed with capturing likenesses of objects.
Bottom line: time spent painting is never wasted!
I plan on painting this again, but not before I attempt "Sky" the current
challenge for Some Texas Artists Like To Paint.