Saturday, December 31, 2011
Tea Party 2 In Progress - What Mud Looks Like
Now to the painting in progress. This is the painting of one of the little girls at the tea party as it stands at this point. The painting is 5 1/2" x 6" and the face is approximately 1 3/4". I will be working on it more to put in the glass plate and tea cup then may finish it with acrylics.
Now to my self-critique. I first painted the shadows in her face by dropping in Cobalt Blue then immediately dropped in Quin. Burnt Orange. That was the first mistake, using Quin. Burnt Orange. Why? Because it leans more to yellow-orange rather than a red-orange which burnt sienna does. It was very, very dark so I waited until it dried then lifted most of it out. I did go back in with more Quin. Burnt Orange and less blue.
The paper now looks overworked, the nose is a bit too short and wide, the left eye is painted a bit too high and the neck looks like it hasn't been washed for weeks. I lost the shapes of the facial elements and this may be where a pen or pencil would come in handy to re-establish the features.
I'm happy cataloging some of the things I see that bother me because for a long time I wouldn't have been able to actually say why the painting doesn't look right. That's why stepping back and evaluating one's painting is important - it helps us to see. Maybe we can't see all that is right or all that could be changed to make a better painting but each thing we see takes us one step further in the direction of improvement.
What would your next step be? Stop and do another painting or rework the current painting even though it may never be seen by anyone but yourself?