Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Taking A Painting Break

Hi All!  So, it's been a little bit.  Things got a little crazy here.  I've been out of town so have not been painting.  And, for the first time ever, I needed a painting break.

As you all know, I love painting flowers.  They are beautiful and mostly fun to paint, but the down side is that you are on a time crunch with them.  That is okay if you paint quickly, but I am an extremely slow painter.  When doing a still life with objects and fruit, that is not a problem, but with flowers it is a whole other ball game.

This was my set up.  Pretty straight forward, right?  I thought this would go pretty easily, but it was difficult from the beginning.  The peonies were pretty closed up when I bought them, and that is how I started the painting, but after a day or two, they really opened and became much bigger.  Of course, I was expanding them on the canvas as they were opening in order to try and really capture them.  Nothing I haven't done before, but this time it just wasn't working.

As you can see, this is where the problem started.  The peonies were too big, the vase was too big, the flower in front was too big.  Everything was just off.

This was turning into peonies on steroids.  But the main problem here is that I had been working so intensely on this painting that I couldn't see the problems with it at all.  Luckily for me, a very good friend messaged me and told me everything was way too big.  After that, I took a good look at it and saw that she was so right.

Of course, being an artist, I had to go through a lot of mental grief.  Painting sucks, I suck, I hate this, I should give up and go back to working in an office.  The usual nonsense we tend to put ourselves through when things go wrong.  The good news is that I had a trip of a few weeks scheduled and would not be painting.  It turned out to be the best thing for me.

Now that I've been out of my studio for some time, I'm missing painting and can't wait to get back to work.  I just saw some flowers Katie Whipple painted on her Instagram and I was immediately envious that she was getting to paint florals.  A good sign for sure.

I don't know if I'll go back to the peonies.  I may or I might just let it go and start something new.  Two weeks ago I was making myself crazy and now I don't really care one way or the other.  I'll see how I feel when I get back.

This was so strange for me because I have never needed a painting break before, but I guess the time comes for everybody.  The good news is that taking a break is not the end of the world and now I'm completely ready to get back to the canvas.

Has this ever happened to you?  Leave me a comment!