Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Signs of summer
This is one of a bunch of little paintings that I was not happy with. After a lot of thinking, I decided to try and fix the ones I was discouraged by. Walking away from them was an option, but it wouldn't teach me anything or help me become better in the future. I didn't like the background of this one - it was too light and the flowers didn't show up. So I darkened the grass. Then I realized that the birds' legs were wrong in some way. They bend back and not forward so I washed them out and repainted the grass and the legs. I like it better now and I learned that not everything in watercolor is irreversible. Mistakes can be fixed. I just need to be observant and unflinching in the analysis of what's not working, and creative in how to fix it.