Saturday, June 4, 2011

There is always hope

I started a painting last week trying to follow the steps that my friend Tara Leaver wrote about on her blog last month: it was about her experience at Flora Bowley's workshop.

So anyway, I started with a couple of colors and some sprayed water, just to get rid of the white; then I went on to making marks, to add variation; and then I added my darks and lights. That's how my painting looked after these 3 steps:


I stopped after that, and thought "Wow, I don't know where this is going, but there seems to be a lot of possibilities here!" Of course I was still at the top of the U then...

It was all downhill from then on...

I found a few shapes... 


...added some black...


...hated the black...


...and then, when I just about to burn this, it dawned on me: well, if I'm gonna throw this away, I might as well "let go" and have fun with it!

And that seems to be the basic rule, doesn't it? When you're not attached to the painting, you feel more free to go crazy, to take chances, to "ruin" it, even. Most of the times, though, you will be much happier with the result.

This was no exception.


PS: By the way, I did quite a bit of dry brushing here (in white). LOVED it!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Joana - thanks for the link firstly. :) Secondly, I am so with you on every step here! It's very true about the non attachment thing, and so easy to forget! I'm a massive fan of the drybrushing with white too ;). Great to see the progress.

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