Sunday 20 November 2011

A lesson learned - hopefully.

Its been all change - rearranged, repainted, trying to get back to why I wanted to paint this. What was the initial inspiration? It was the cloth - the lovely red scattered with the pattern of flowers. 
So that's what I've tried to recapture, taking away the green pattern and lessening the number of colours and simplifyig the objects so hopefully the red will be the main impact.

I've learned one big lesson - try to discipline myself to plan out arrangements, to make a good composition before I even think about lifting a paintbrush.
And also not to blog until I've actually got a painting that's finished and works!!!!

But thankyou for all the helpful comments along the way which have spurred me on rather than to abandon it as a hopeless case.


  1. I've loved having access to your thoughts through the process. It's ended up in a beautiful place. I bet I'm not the only one who has loved getting a foot in the door of your studio.

  2. Isn't it strange how a few small changes can alter everything so much? I have just flicked from the earlier photograph to this one and you are right; the blue works better. Sometimes, you just have to fiddle a bit, I suppose.

  3. Hi Robyn! Thankyou for nice comment about my befuddled thinking!! But I don't really think its finished to my satisfaction -now I see it here - and I just want to start all over again. :>))

  4. Design is the key, isn't it. But sometimes you can let one idea take over, like this lovely red.

  5. I like this but I know how you feel as often I feel the same way about a painting. I can't tell you how many times I've repainted something only to cover it up with gesso! Thank you for sharing this painting and your struggles with it. I have enjoyed watching your process. Hugs to you.

  6. Enjoyed watching this develop. Well done.

  7. Thankyou Bella! I might go into it again though - but that's how I work - - always think "well maybe if I just do this" :>))

    Thankyou for your input Charles - much appreciated !


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