Isn’t it amazing what the eye sees and how that is translated in the brain? At art group this week we were talking about how useful coffee breaks are. Just that break from your work for a few minutes is enough to give you a fresh perspective on it. I find when I am working from photos I will carefully paint in the shadows and emphasize the light, but whilst I am working on it, it still remains a flat piece of paper as I look at it. However, after 10 minutes or so when I return, there is the beginnings of a three dimensional object on the page! I can now “see” the flower and judge how much more depth or light is needed, whereas before the break I would have kept laying on washes in a vain attempt to bring it to life. It has to be said though, that it is still a flat piece of paper!
I don’t know how much of this is down to having a fresh perspective and how much is simply the paint drying as this does make a lot of difference with watercolour. One thing I do know is it is immensely valuable.
Another useful trick I find when assessing my work is to scan it and view it on the computer. This seems to put a distance between ‘my painting‘ and ‘a piece of art on the computer screen‘. It just feels more impersonal and I can then make better judgements. Composition is something I find quite difficult and I have often added another leaf or a bud using this method. All in the mind I know, but what does it matter if it works?
I have added a few more cards to my collection. I am pleased with how they have turned out and so far they seem to be going quite well. I have added a DL size this time (long and thin if, like me, you are not familiar with the term). This size suits the foxglove as it cuts down the amount of white space on the card. The others are all C6.
Here’s hoping that my current painting has turned into a masterpiece whilst I have been writing this!