I have started 5 paintings so far. Two of them are finished, one is half done, one is not done but I don't know how to complete it and one is a hot mess, covered in a holy exploding frisket bottle. (for the uninitiated, frisket is a masking liquid that you cover bits of your paper with to keep it white.) I was supposed to do 12 small paintings of a thing, like a leaf or a flower, to help me learn about how the paint and water move across the paper. I chose sticks... first mistake. Painting #1 is of the tree in my backyard... second mistake. I started with the tree first... third mistake. Three strikes, you're OUT. (Please forgive the terrible photograph. The shadow on the right is my fault.)
Here's the breakdown of my mistakes:
- Sticks are too complicated and don't allow the simplicity and flow like a leaf would.
- I over complicated the entire exercise by not just doing what I was asked. I added backgrounds and other plants which made me lose what I was supposed to be learning from the exercise.
- One has to start from the lightest color first and the background first then layer on top because you can't remove foreground stuff to paint the background after. Duh, Jenn.
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