This week I have been working on this small sunflower painting...
So far there's a little masking fluid (the green dots and lines) to preserve some white paper and a little bit of paint on the petals.
But something isn't quite right. Time to take a close look at my reference photograph (one my watercolor teacher, Caroline Linscott, loaned me).
Ummm. What's wrong with this picture?
Could I please be excused from this blog post? Really. I do not want to confess that I seriously did not notice *ahem* the placement *cough* of the... stems. Oops...
Upon turning the painting right side up, I did noticed two things.
- The placement of the shadows that I had deleted from my sketch now made perfect sense.
- And, the basic sketch was in major need of a drawing overhaul.
My own words came back to haunt me: "Your painting will only be as good as your drawing." "Your sketch is the foundation to your painting." "Make sure your 'map' is accurate before you pick up a brush."
Never mind that I have said that many times. Never mind that I have had instructors tell me the same thing. Never mind that, in the back of my mind, I hear that when I start a painting. Never mind that I have previously regretted putting brush to paper before pencil had finished it's job.
Never mind that it will take way longer to fix my hasty painting start that it would have taken for me to do a good sketch in the first place.
I repeat: Sometimes it takes an example of the obvious for me to "get it".
To do something right, I have to start right. I have to follow my reference photo and make sure that I am accurately recording not only where each petal is, but where each highlight and shadow is on each petal.
And I'm pretty sure that it helps to have the stems heading towards the ground, too. Obviously!
Oh, and I'm also pretty sure that life is a lot like that, too.
Following the Lord Jesus,