Thursday, October 29, 2015

IN A RUT OF OVERWORKING PAINTINGS



Not sure why, but I seem to be overworking a lot of paintings that get torn and sent into the round bin (or used for scrap paper on the backs).  

This began okay but the water looked muddy to me so...I mixed up a large batch of cobalt teal blue and just poured it over the whole thing (while the flower and pad were masked off).  Did this until I got a prettier loot to the water.  

The lily pad at the top left has watercolor paint and watercolor crayons on it.  The lines need more color (they are underneath the water).  I like the purplish color of the stem and shadow (and I did crop off some of the bottom so I don't have a full shadow of the flower there).  




So...how could I go wrong?  Well, apparently pretty easily!  Because when all the masking fluid came off and I began on that flower, I just kept putting pigment on wet on wet and let it run and didn't have any indication of segments and...just kept doing it!!  I think my problem might be lack of attention to the painting because I'm watching things on Amazon Prime while I'm painting and maybe that it not a good thing!

Trust me, this one looks better here than in person where it's a mess!  (Went in with watercolor pencils and drew in the separation between petals and there is nothing delicate about it.)  The only good thing about it is the water.

So...another sheet of paper, another start...




7 comments:

Lorraine Brown said...

Of course we all have these times in our art Rhonda and we know they pass but it is a nuisance but so worth it when we come out the other side.

Caroline Simmill said...

I think the colours are lovely together Rhonda, the blues, greens and that pink flower. Coloring pencils can be good for putting in detail did you try the watercolour pencils as you can soften those with water. I often listen to talking books when drawing and painting or some music. I would think watching something on the computer or television would be a bit distracting!

AK said...

It looks pretty good here. Overworking is always a problem. You are not the only one. So do not worry and keep painting.

E.M. Corsa said...

Been there. Done that!!! :)

RH Carpenter said...

Lorraine, I always feel like these little struggles are a sign of something else coming through...maybe!

Caroline, thanks. I don't really watch the show - it's on the counter while I'm at the table and I listen to it more than watch, unless something happens I want to watch and then I just rewind and watch it.

Asit, thanks. The goal is to come out the other side with something learned, I think.

Elizabeth, yep, we've all done it! ha ha

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

nice blue and I like the flower :) the lily pad i find a bit distracting tho
really hope your binning of work passes soon

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Jennifer Rose - and Happy Anniversary!!