I just did a painting study tonight (pictured below) that inspired me to share some some insight. The reason I did this painting was because I was feeling pretty bad after having painted a really terrible painting earlier today. So I was feeling pretty low and decided to take a different approach to this second painting. The painting is of an amaryllis bulb that flowered recently. I wanted to just slow down a little bit and paint this study piece by piece in a very deliberate fashion.
I feel like the painting came out well and taught me a really valuable lesson in the importance of having deliberate action with my paint. I won't be in a rush anymore to paint and I'll be taking my time from here on.
I had my watercolor class tonight and I brought in some of my paintings for my students to see. One of my students really liked the watercolor that's pictured below. I told him that I set up a christmas cactus in some sunlight because the cactus had just bloomed and I only got to work on it for about 10 - 15 minutes before the sunlight disappeared. I started the painting boldly and by squinting and it actually came out really well.
I like to work free from "techniques", but I have tested the value of squinting at the beginning of the painting process and I find it extremely valuable in my own practice. Squinting enables a certain boldness and freshness that acts as a great base for further detail.
I'll be painting a bunch more and sharing more thoughts soon.
So I figured for Halloween, I'd talk about something that I fear! Well, it's not a fear, but it's something that I have to work on. It's all about NOT being timid when it comes to getting darker and more accurate values painted in a bold fashion. For whatever reason, I have trouble jumping to accurate darks, but the darks are vital to the beauty of a painting. I just painted a small oil study to work on this issue. Being rough and strong in the values and with the paint is a crucial step that I'm taking from now on in my work.
Also check out that really cool dinosaur costume that was outside our house! Happy Halloween everyone, go out and have some FUN!