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 :
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.
Hmm no it didn’t. Although now I look back on this it’s not *too* bad. How about another?
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.
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.
Phew! I live to fight another day.