Thursday, March 3, 2011
Mixed Bag of Disciplines
The watercolor looks okay, but not. It's overdone, pushed to horrible. The cheap paper really cost me. My impatience got the best of me--or the call I got from my kitchen client with another change affected my serenity enough to ruin the session. Probably all were reasons for the failure. And, get this, I think the project was too ambitious, for a novice watercolorist. Doable in acrylics definitely, not in watercolor. The photo of the painting looks a lot better than the original. Maybe putting some space between the doing and the seeing, will make me see something salvageable, but I doubt it. It's time to go on. Get some paper that can hold up to my tendency towards subtractive painting and paint it one more time to get the feel of the stuff. I do like the way that painting looks behind the daisies.
My elevations, on the other hand, were progressing quite nicely, till I got that call from the client. The change, though small, stopped me cold--sent me down to the studio to paint instead. This unfinished drawing will have to do when I see her later this morning. It's GE. Besides, there are still questions to be asked that might affect the styling.
I found a very exciting book on watercolor in my library last night: A Passion for Watercolor,Painting the inner experience, by Stefan Draughon. No Recipes. No techniques encouraged. Just painting. Even though I'm willing to be passionate for watercolor, I'm not particularly passionate for the medium at the moment. I am, however, passionate about paint and the spontaneous approach. With better paper, I'll see how that approach I so stubbornly hold on to works.