Monday, April 23, 2012
Last Red Azaleas
Yesterday's painting offering. I'm going to stop complaining about how the photos don't look true to the colors of the painting....I'm putting you on notice that I will be working to correct the issue, probably by changing the software I am using for photo editing. Until I do, please just assume I am not happy with the photos, so we can move on. I wonder whether other artists are satisfied with "close enough," or if they keep editing until the photo looks perfect. One of my friends told me she thinks the photos will never completely match the paintings. She's an Off-Blog Commenter. I have a few of those among the Watchers. I am very grateful for all of you.
For the first time since I started my painting practice, I left in the middle of a painting and returned to finish it. I really had to go somewhere for about 30 minutes yesterday, and I think maybe the pause was good for the painting, because the first layers of paint had a chance to dry well before I got into layering over them. I like to paint wet over dry, but sometimes with acrylics, I end up painting wet over kind of sticky. I wonder if the painting is still considered alla prima since I stopped for a half hour--I'm not really concerned about the label, just curious.
You can see I am still having an ellipse problem. I'm expecting improvement with practice. Sometimes the ellipses are a matter of a drawing/seeing/mind distortion and sometimes a paint-handling issue. In Last Red Azaleas, the ellipse was a seeing distortion.
I feel kind of guilty cutting flowers to paint them. I usually leave flowers to grow where they are. The azaleas were on the way out, though, so how guilty can I let myself be? It's supposed to be quite cold tonight. I went around the yard trying to cover up plants and cut some flowers I didn't think I could cover well. I guess they would have died tonight anyway. We'll see what's left in the morning....
Hi Brooke! Hi T!