Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Blue Poppy Blues

I am an over-worker. I can work a painting to death. With watercolors, instead of clean, translucent colors I often paint and paint until they are muddy and dull. With acrylics, instead of bright, sparkling hues I time and again create flat, monochromatic messes. I have many artist friends who suffer from the same can't-walk-away-from-this-painting disorder. It's a curse. In my excitement to get somewhere quickly with this painting, I rushed through the process of layering in the background values and colors so I could get to the forefront. I didn't take time to evaluate, because I was too busy painting. Constant reevaluation is the key to successful execution. This painting needs to be scrubbed back down to the subtle, fresh colors I started with. Then with much conscious effort, I can begin again being vigilant to NOT over-work.
We learn more from our failures than we do from our successes!

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