Michele Clamp Art

Lake Bled, Autumn

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Lake Bled, Autumn
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14”x11”/20”x16” matted.

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I haven’t posted for a while but I have been painting.   However,  everything I’ve tried up until today has been terrible. Not pleased with anything at all.    In fact last night,  after stopping painting at 8.30pm,  I was wondering whether I’d completely forgotten how to paint entirely.    Here is some evidence :

 

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I’ve wanted to do another version of Lake Bled for a while.    This should have been a walk in the park but oh dear.   Not quite what I’d intended at all.   Very dreary and dull.    

Ok let’s regroup - go back to the sketchbook and see if a smaller format helps at all. 

 

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Hmm no it didn’t.    Although now I look back on this it’s not *too* bad.    How about another? 

 

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Nope.  Not this one either.  I thought a simpler scene would help but obviously not.   I quite like the sky though. 

Ok back to a larger format with the same scene. 

 

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Arrrrgh!   Look at all that green!   All that overworking!   What is wrong with me?   Sigh.   

 

So what to do.    I wondered whether the composition was hindering me.    A quick browse through Pixabay threw up a few much better pictures.     I also went back to the master Charles Reid,  watched a couple of his videos and took some notes.

Ok - so my plan was this : 

 -  More white paper.   You don’t have to cover everything.   You’re not painting a room

 -  Keep things lighter in value.   Except where it matters and then really have some juicy darks. 

 -  Vary the color.   Drop in pigment into wet paper.    

 -  Keep an eye on those negative shapes.    

 

And you know I think it worked.    A little different for me but I’m happier than I’ve been in a long while.    

 

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Phew!   I live to fight another day.