Saturday, September 27, 2008
I really do need to learn to say no. But I am tempted by so many things, and I am weak.
This week was the Virtual Sketch Date and after missing last month's due to other commitments, I vowed I would do the September date. The reference image came from Sharon at Flat Sound of Wooden Clogs and lovely it was too, this tree peony.
As readers of this blog know, I am not a painter of flowers, at least not often. I know I can do them if I concentrate, but I have a mental block around drawing flowers. I say they're too complex then go on and draw an animal in detail. Go figure... I do like to push myself outside my comfort zone and find that it always improves my powers of observation as well as my drawing or painting skills.
I used some acrylics that were sitting on my studio table from a lesson I did the other night with someone and I was too lazy to haul out the oil paints. Acrylics can be useful, but I do prefer oils. I think the quick drying of the acrylics becomes a little annoying to me as I like to have the ability to move the paint around. But I persevered and here is the result. Am I happy with it? No, not completely. The petal portion is where I fumbled, as is usual. The folds frustrated me and I was having distinct problems finding the right colour values for the petals. I may tinker with the piece in the future, but I think it may stand as it is.