Welcome back to 30 Days of Painting! My goal is to get myself painting every day so that I can feel more comfortable with the brush. I’d love to be able to illustrate my stories for myself and my family, but I lack confidence and facility. Hopefully by turning my hobby into a daily habit I’ll be able to find my comfort zone.
After yesterday, I wanted to reset my mind and go back to my old techniques for creating murky waters. I’ve done a number of shipwreck and light house paintings, so I know how I like to do water. Example:
But this time I wanted to really focus in on what felt right to me, and try to locate the point where I step over the line and do just a bit too much. But as you can see with the boat itself, my biggest problem in painting is knowing when to stop – sometimes I’ll stop before a piece is really done because I’m afraid of adding too much color and contrast, and sometimes I have things just the way I want and then I slap more paint on anyway. Then I compulsively move my hand like I’m hitting “ctrl z” on my knee and sigh in futility. I think I made both errors on this painting.
There’s no undo button in painting, unfortunately. I’ll just have to practice. Which brings me to:
Day 3: Murky Waters
I did two small pieces to see if I could be a little more careful. In my first attempt I went too far, but I think the second I did alright. The color effect is a bit too subtle to pick up in such a small project, but I think it would be right on a larger piece.
And that’s Day 3. Check back tomorrow for my next attempt.