After 3 hours of working on a landscape painting no one wants to be faced with admitting to themselves ” this isn’t working” and I don’t know what to do!
Knowing this is part of the journey I still have trouble surrendering to this situation. Yesterday while on location I found an inviting view into the woods with a small bridge in the foreground. The setting seemed to draw me in and that is what I hoped to convey in my painting. While I have tried to tackle “woods” before and clusters of trees, I knew this would be a challenge for me. Confident as I was I couldn’t sort through how to grab the essence of what was there. I looked, experimented, piled on more paint, changed colors, got out my palette knife and mushed things around. A fellow painter suggested a nice technique and I gave that whirl but found myself continuing to flounder.
Faced with the decision of calling this one a “scrapper”, which I hate to do especially after 3 hours. I started to clean up and pack my things for the day. Chalking it up to experience and the fact that I am really a novice at this. I was a bit discouraged but began reminding myself that it was okay and I can come back to try again. Knowing at some point I will see what I need to and be able to communicate that with my paint.
Having all my things together to head home I found myself pulling one of the dirty brushes from my backpack for one last try. As I swished around AGAIN I slowly saw something start to come together. I couldn’t believe it and I couldn’t have planned it. While it’s not what I would consider a complete success I do feel that I found a small doorway to tackling this visual problem on my next go round.
So, my question is when do you give up on a piece? When do you throw it away and move on? And how do you tackle a forest of trees without creating a bunch of vertical sticks????