My recent painting was a real joy to paint, and ended up like this:
I could just see the painting come together in a way I really liked, and ended up with a result I was very pleased with.
So – as I always do after finishing a pleasing painting – I set to work again the next day expecting me to take it all a step further.
Well – as always – it ended up more like a step back.
I’ve come to learn that this is a natural part of my painting process, so I don’t feel particularly down about it.
I just find it kind of humorous.
Anyway, back to the point. This is the painting I did the following day:
It’s not that bad, actually, but it’s definitely a pale copy of the first one.
The difference is that the mountains in the back are way too dark in this one, which makes the whole painting loose depth and look more flat.
The same can be said about the grass in front.
The blends of colours are also overworked, as I tried to add way too many layers too make it look better.
I need to make a bad painting following a good one, though.
Just to get me down to the ground again.
So next time I’ll start with a more realistic approach to it all.
Hopefully I can take it a step forward again 🙂