I decided to bite the bullet and go for an intricate painting that appeal to me. Last fall my husband took me up to a gold mine that he worked at before we were married. This is a camp not far from the Ruby Mine. I plan on visiting again and do a whole day of plein air painting. Very unique, isn’t it?
I believe that this painting is not finished but I want to do this over and over until I loosen up. I started out getting too much into the detail and I started to tighten up. I ignored that fact and figured that today is a “tight” day and just experience it. That way I can recognize and choose how loose or how tight I want to go in the future, I can alternate or control it. Does this make sense?
I tried to get my camera to report exactly what I see visually just about right except that there is more light and the greens are lighter. I tried to match up that beautiful blue in the cock-eye section of the cabin. Too late I realized that it is probably more of a cerulean blue rather than cobalt.
What I learned:
- Learn my values….dang it! I seem to hover in the mid tones and then try to adjust too late.
- I need more experience with foliage and trees
- Get a better grip on perspective.
- there are subjects that can benefit from a sloppy approach. I think with this subject a tight/sloppy would have been just right.
- I need to watch the water mixture with my paint. I seem to always have too much water and end up with insipid mixtures.
- Watch my paint mixtures. I seem to forget that watercolor is gorgeous with clear translucent washes or bites of color, avoid mud.
- Learn dry brush to use it more effectively, it would have really make that tin pop.
- I have yet to find my style, feels like I am trying to emulate other artists or something. My style is not ringing true in this depiction. I figure that is normal being that I am still in the learning process.
I found making color swatches and putting them up on the wall in front of me helped. Though some of the colors that I had back then I haven’t since replaced. It takes time but it is a great reference tool.