Monday, July 23, 2012

Back to the Basics

This is not the post or the sketch I had planned for today.  The key word here is "planned". I thought about the sketch I wanted to do, about the composition, about the story.  I over thought it, and then I overdid it.  What started out as a great idea became an ugly, overwrought, out of proportion mess.  The harder I tried to fix it, the worse it became. I thought i could reset the process by drawing something simple like the watermelon I was eating.  And I struggled with that, too - it seemed I had forgotten how to draw!  But in reality I had forgotten to keep it simple, to not draw what you think, but to draw what you see.  So I'm going back to the basics.  I will try my original idea again, maybe after I've learned just to draw and let the process happen.  Simple is best.
Watercolor in the Moleskine wc journal.

8 comments:

. said...

I think it has a neat graphic style to it (I like how the uneaten part has a soft line between the white and the pink)... But I know how you feel when it comes to the issue when you over think something and it just wont go down on to the paper like you planned or visioned it. But the beauty with art is that you can always make a new one : )

Marina Montanaro said...

Hi Lynn, I love it! A gorgeous watermelon, 3D, watermouthering... SLURP! Not to say that I do not understand your troubles, but Art is always much more than we see at the moment. Here the beauty of the fruit is shining. Love and chocolate, Marina

Beth said...

I don't really know you but my first reaction is to lighten up on yourself. You obviously have a lot of talent. Somethings don't work out the way we think but there are no mistakes, just learning experiences. I think you do lovely work so enjoy the process.

echogo said...

I do know you and I agree with the above statement from Beth! I want to eat the piece that is still whole. it looks so good.

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

I thought you had posted a photograph until I read the post! amazing blending and 3 d effect.

Jennifer Edwards said...

Beautifully done, Lynn! Deliciously painted! Simple is definitely best!

Cathy Holtom said...

I really like this even if you don't!
:)

Alissa Duke said...

Fabulous page. I am not sure what you had planned, but sometimes you just need to go with the flow.... My mouth is watering for watermelon(at 7pm on a winters night in Sydney !!!)