Sunday, January 31, 2010

Daily Painting Practice - Painting Roses -Had it, then lost it, then quit for the day

After completing so many large paintings over the last few weeks, I thought I would take a breather and do a small..."Easy one".  It started out just fine.

Here's where I started  to doubt what I was doing with the arrangement.  I should have determined the background before I started....but then again, I just felt like painting an "Easy one".

Did I mention that there is nothing "Easy" about painting red roses, at least for me. I always have trouble with the red coming out of the deep, warm, dark shadows. I tend to lose my way in the structure of the petals.


sorry about the glare

Red Roses
8"x8"
oil on masonite

I thought I had it going in the right direction but then stepped back and decided... I lost it.  After working it some more, I needed to quit. This happens every once in a while. The best thing to do when it does happen is to quit for the day and make a cup of tea. Everything looks better after tea.

6 comments:

Celeste Bergin said...

Many artists opt to show only their most genius work, and I understand that completely, except that it seems to run counter to the spirit of blogging. Now, I must counsel you, as an experienced "I don't like this, but I am posting it anyway" blogging artist..be prepared for the comments that will follow advising you how to fix the thing, telling you to "not feel bad"..oh, also telling you that it is simply GREAT! "just the way it is" and the ilk. I won't tell you any of those things..I will just congratulate you on sharing work that didn't turn out as you envisioned. It is refreshing to me when an artist does that. I love the subject title. It's poetic and so true.

Celeste Bergin said...

p.s. forgot to mention...I WILL be watching to see if there is another update!

Peter Yesis said...

Thanks Celeste -I'll be watching for those sneaky compliments.

I admit I would like to see more artists write about how they struggle and find solutions to areas they feel weak in. One of the best lessons I learned was watching a seasoned pro (he who shall not be named) at a plein air event, he completely scraped off a painting 3/4 of the way to being finished and then he started again. Not only did it inspire me to try it but I also lost the fear of making mistakes in the field.

Cathyann said...

Hi Peter,
No sneaky compliments from me although I do like your work over all very much.
I started watching way back in '07 when I started blogging so when you have time..
...come on over to my blog. Against 'the rules', unspoken or otherwise, on occasion I do tell of the struggle, show some not so perfect work and wip with comments on a mess up. As a former art teacher, I know people out there hunger for honest tutorials, so in mine I do show some unresolved work or work I go back to and fix.
False praise doesn't help anyone. Most of us like the challenge to do our best, even when it frustrates. That tea or brandy break helps,too:-)
Thanks for sharing your honest efforts
Best,Cathyann

Amy Mann said...

You do beautiful work. You're way too hard on yourself!

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

Even at the top piece, I knew you would pull it off. Are there easy paintings?