work in progress
Last week when I painted for the class I teach, I had planned on doing a still life demo - a simple vase with flowers and leaves. I ended up painting a hideous, oversized dragonfly with very stiff, unexciting flowers (I had posted the photo here but it was so bad just now I had to delete it!) I thought I would "figure it out" at the next class (last night's class) but I soon realized it was just a bad painting, not meant to be "fixed". I don't mind when I have the occasional bomb for a demo as long as I can redeem myself on some level... whether it be working through the problems I create or just starting over with success second time around. That's what happened last night.
It's been a few years since I have even wanted to paint a still life, landscapes are my current passion. As I worked on this, I wanted and needed to let the paint flow freely, and I just responded to the drips, incorporating vibrant color always using lots of water. Today I will add a few details to the greenery and flowers, maybe add some background glazes, and that's it. My mantra for the day... less is more.