I hate it. That’s all I can say about how this painting turned out the second time around. Although I do like the skies, there’s nothing else about it that I’m pleased with.
For some reason, I have problems with the foreground in paintings. Probably that’s because the foreground is the area that requires the greatest detail, and I haven’t learned how to paint those details.
In this painting, I attempted to convey the idea of a windy day, with the water churning on the lake. Unfortunately the blues I used clash with those I used in the skies, and the overall effect of the painting is not what I was hoping for.
Will I try re-doing this painting again? I thought about it. After all, third time is supposed to be charmed, isn’t it? But for this sorry scene, there won’t be another re-do. I’ve already moved on to other things, and I’m very busy practicing different painting techniques.
Right now, I’m both encouraged and discouraged by my painting. In looking back over the last few months, I haven’t felt satisfied with anything I’ve painted since illness forced me to take a break. I now seem to have developed a lot of bad habits, and I want to correct them.
That’s the source of my discouragement. The encouragement comes from having been invited to join a fine arts club. It’s a county-wide organization which sponsors several shows each year. During the meetings there are lectures and demonstrations, and I’m looking forward to attending in June. I know I will learn a lot, and of course, it feels very good to be “recognized” as an artist. I am really looking forward to making many new friends through the organization and exploring many new opportunities.
So, yes, I’m practicing a lot right now. Today I plan to work on different types of brush strokes. In the midst of this “painting funk” I’ve fallen into, having this new club membership serves as an incentive to work hard at my art — or to “play” hard” at it — and to put my whole heart into it and see what I can do.
I’m sure there will always be paintings I hate, but hopefully those will become fewer and fewer as I learn better techniques and gain more experience.