31 May 2009
another tutorial watercolor
this is a full sheet watercolor -- of a swamp botanical that i've been painting the last few days.
it's not done.. and probably won't be done for a while... as i am fatigued with it... i don't like solving a paintings when i am not enthusiastic.
i always find it best... to set aside paintings in mid state -- after the struggle... and let them 'rest.' they can sit around the studio -- out of sight... until a time when i look at them.. and feel compelled to answer the last problems with 'fresh eyes and insight.'
over the last year... i have come to see that this is the best way for me to work.
it's as though.. i have the 'gun-ho' attitude through the beginning and middle of painting... then lose the tempo.... or become distracted.
to finish it.... in a less than devoted state.. would be a disservice to the work and the message.
returning to a painting after a rest time... . allows me the clarity of perspective as well as the ability to make decisions that are 'right' and not timid~!
so... stay tuned for the last state of this piece later in the month.
40" h x 30" w Arches 300 lb cp