I haven’t had much of a chance to paint recently and I found I was really missing it, so last week, I set aside some time to put brush to paper. I picked blueberries as my subject and started.
I got to an “almost finished” place and realized I just hated it! It was too stiff, structured, and boring. It just wasn’t working.
On a whim, I filled the brush with water and smeared it all over the small painting. It looked like self-sabotage for a moment, but the pigments started to run and bleed, blurring all of my stiffness and amateur strokes.
Once it dried, I added a little detail back in, but I learned my lesson from the first “draft”. I loosened my choke hold on the brush and let the strokes be more suggestive and less literal.
I’m so happy I stuck with this one and saw it through until I liked it. I’m learning that art is like furniture. There is always an ugly stage and you have to push through it and all of the insecurities that it brings out, so you can get to the place where you love it. Or at least until you don’t want to throw it on the nearest bonfire.
I did list this piece in my Society6 shop, if you’re interested in purchasing it.
And, speaking of art… I really don’t have the time to take an in-person class, but I am craving instruction! I finally decided to take a big step and sign up for one of Jeanne Oliver’s online courses. I’m taking Radiant Watercolor Portraits, mainly because painting people scares the daylights out of me.
(This portrait is by Christie Drahnak, the instructor.)
I think it was the all-blue portrait that coaxed me into signing up. I can get behind an all-blue portrait, because then I don’t have to worry about mixing the proper skin tones!
And you know me and blue…