First though, I just want to say thank you to everyone who has written encouraging comments, it really means alot to me that you would care enough to do so. I feel so very clumsy with paints, to know that my readers are rooting for me is a tremendous help.
- I was excited to start.
- I forced myself to "finish" it. OK, I know that doesn't sound monumental, but it all went so horribly wrong at the beginning that I just wanted to stop. I'm glad now that I carried on, it got slightly better, but more importantly, I did learn a few things.
- Values - the entire painting isn't so dark as last time, but there are no real darks in there to make it interesting.
- Brushstrokes - I held the brush differently this time and paid a price with the brushstrokes. As well, I tried several different brushes and didn't use the one that I so much success with last time.
- Edges - last time I did a thick outline drawing first, then swept into that with the color of the petals themselves. In doing so, I had some lovely edges. This second time, I tried that but the values of the outline paint and the petal local color were too different, and it just became a jumbled mess.
- Wet on Wet - Yikes! I just slapped paint all around and got the colors all messed up. I don't know how people paint over things they don't like. I tried that, but it was not very successful.
- Reading - since this painting I've had my nose in Timeless Techniques for Better Oil Painting. I have another book arriving tomorrow and loads of video I could download and watch.
- Values - now that I've hit the two ends of the spectrum exclusively, let's see if I can't manage a more satisfying values arrangement.
- Color Mixing - I think I may try my other limited palette. (I chose to do two different limited palettes when I was buying paint, just to focus my efforts.) I may end up just doing some color mixing to see what different colors I can achieve, without painting a subject.
- From Life - In the book mentioned above I have been reading about color temperature and how it affects color mixing. He strongly encourages painting from life to see the differences that kinds of light make on a subject. This makes me feel like I need to grab some subjects out of the vegetable drawer and have a go!