Day 25 of 30 January 2017

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Seeds have been added, does give it a little bit more sunflower look to it.

Day 25 Working on learning how to use the yellows.  This is a sunflower that the picture was cropped just catching a portion of these huge sunflower in my yard a few years back.  It needs something.  I will repost the final picture on this day 25 post .  I need to get back on it and add the seeds in the center.  Things got so muddy I gave up on this one.  But worth going back to it and give it another chance.  This is why I share its the good and the bad, and everything in between.  Enjoying the journey!

Day 24 of 30 painting challenge January 2017

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My little painting of a yellow pansy, picture taken in my yard a few years ago.  I  used this cool purple watercolor that had tiny shiny glitters in it.  The name escapes my memory right now.   I promise in the future I will list some of these fun colors I have picked up over the years.

This painting is literally  just 2 x 4 inches. good things come in small packages.

When do you finally stop, and call it done?

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I think I’ll call this one done.¬† How do you know you are “finally” done?¬† I don’t think you ever really know.

For me it is when I  feel like it is close to my vision for this painting.  I like to have it just be somewhere I can see it. Stepping back often while creating helps, in the process of deciding it is done.  I started with a picture, a resource for this painting.. about half way the picture goes away and the painting takes on a life of its own!

Seriously this does not look like the original picture used.¬† But I am happy with the painterly feel to this¬† “possibly” finished painting.¬†¬† I say possibly because you can always go back and add, scrub out, rework an area.¬† Below are the Steps as being painted over this week .¬† The pictures show the progression of this painting.¬† 4¬†steps¬†before the final painting shown above.

Learning to stop ,or to even go far enough is difficult for many artist. I am no exception and I am famous for over working and becoming so attached to the original resource I am using that it becomes very stale and over worked and stiff.¬†I’ve had to work at pushing myself to let the painting be what it is meant to be. Sometimes the art directs which way it will go. Which means I have to let go my original vision. I still have a hankering to doing a more realistic painting of this flower, which is a project for another day. Thank you for stopping by. ūüôā

 

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