Today while working with paint on canvas #4 I decided it was time to make a decision regarding the two upcoming shows with the closest deadlines. I care more about one than I do the other (submitting-wise) and I think I am probably pushing too hard to fit into the "other". I am going to drop submitting something to that one although I really want to go and see the exhibit during its run.
The biggest reason is that I am not a painter...I am someone who stumbles onto things on occasion that work out at that particular moment. It can be a bit frustrating at times, but mostly I am fine with that. I really do understand that it is something that I can learn and it is something that takes lots and lots and lots of practice -- especially for someone that it just doesn't come to naturally.
LOL -- I think I like the idea of painting much more than the actual process of painting. I sure know I enjoy acquiring paint and looking at the tubes all spread out.
This is an area of the foxish-creature's face before I tried to add shadow to it.
This is the area after I was done (for now). It isn't horrible, the problem is that is the best area...the rest is pretty messed up.
I did manage to mix some colors together that I added over the top of his hat and over his shirt. You can still see through it in person and I really like the color.
But now I am back to several of my "normal" painting dilemmas. Again, I realize this is a problem mainly for me and it is probably not as bothersome to the viewer.
- I feel like the more I add to the piece, the even more I will need to add...color-wise
- Now I feel like the color I added to his hat and shirt draw my eye more than I wanted
- I am thinking (now) that he probably needs an eye color -- how do I choose one that isn't too distracting but that stands out enough to distract from his shirt and hat?
- he still needs all sorts of shadow work
An artist friend is coming for a working visit during June. I think I will set this canvas aside until them and perhaps he can coach me with the shadowing. We'll see...