Sunday, April 11, 2010

The finishing point

You know how sometimes you just don't stop when the voice inside your head tells you to?

Today was one of those days.

Early this morning I started playing around with some pastels on a full size sheet of red mi-tientes.  It was coming together nicely and I was happy with the mix of colours and contrast against the background.

I had a break and a cup of coffee then came back to it and started fiddling around.  You know how the scenario goes.  "Well, I'll just touch up this section here by the stem.  I wonder what it would look like if it was darker on the right?"  Then before you know it, you've changed everything and it looks worse than that haircut your mother gave you in third grade.

But its all part of the game.  Live.  Learn. Screw up.


RHCarpenter said...

Well, I have to agree with you on this one, Jeanette, but only because I loved that pure red background without a bit of pastel on it against the apple...but you did make me laugh about the haircut! You know, even you can't have winners all the time :)

Jo Castillo said...

The original is so fresh and lovely. It looks a little overworked in the second. It has interesting tension though, like it is on the edge of the table and might fall. That is neat. We live and learn .. or at least are supposed to. Ha. I like the haircut comment, too.

Christiane Kingsley said...

Jeannette, the apple itself is gorgeous. I do agree with Rhonda and Jo: the original red background was fresher.

Rose Welty said...

Ouch. I did te exact same thing lastnight with my pear blossoms. They were looking so good then I went and added a background and screwed them all up. I was so annoyed at myself - you have a much better attitude!

Perhaps there is something to that rule about doing the background first - and if you don't, don't bother.

Billie Crain said...

Oh boy...been there, done that. The original version is well worth a re-do. It's wonderful!

Jennifer Rose said...

Is there no way to maybe add red to the background so its sort of a purple colour?

i do like the blue, brings out some of the colours in the apple, but yes the red background work better

i hated when mom would cut my bangs :/ always lopsided. so i just told her to stop and ended up letting them grow long and cover my eyes lol

Jeanette said...

Yes, I prefer the plain red background too. I shouldn't rethink things without enough coffee in me!

Jo, I may see if the current version is salvageble, but have another version in the works.

Christiane, yes, the apple itself works. Playing with the background didn't. I think a redo is in order.

Its always something that hindsight shows you clearly isn't it Rose? If only we'd learn to pay attention to inner voices.

Yeah, haven't we all Billie? It sucks. But we learn from it. I have started another on dark grey and will get some more red paper and try again.

Actually, it looks better in real life than on the screen Jennifer. However, it still doesn't look good.

I will play around with it and see if I can make it work (or make it worse :) But its only paper, I'll do another. I started seeing how much pigment I could remove with a kneaded eraser this morning. not bad on the blue side, smudgy on the pale side. We'll see...

Jan said...

Well, if nothing else, it's very comforting to me to learn that even you have regrets about some of your art! Just be thankful that it doesn't happen all that often to you!

I do agree that the top photo is the best - it has a simple elegance with a punch. The bottom version is also nice in a different way. It may be a little overworked but it is still very interesting with all the tension created with the colors and the different planes in the background.

Jo Castillo said...

I'm sure it looks better in real life, blue is difficult to photograph for some odd reason.

Ola Fumilayo said...

" Then before you known it, you've changed everything and it looks worse than that haircut your mother gave you in third grade."

This made me laugh - I didn't realize that that particular experience is so universal.

Jeanette said...

Oh yeah Ola, its everywhere :)

Susan Liles said...

Had a haircut by my sister that took 2 yrs to grow out, it was that bad. A painting can be redone the next day and be a success! We all screw up, those who succeed keep painting and learning from our mistakes.