Tuesday, February 21, 2012
I'm in a slump -- still
I finished the bird and dragonfly paintings. Even though it's just a little study (11x14 on canvas), I like the bird pretty well.
The dragonfly, on the other hand, leaves me dissatisfied. Well, to me, it's still a work in progress. The background is distracting and not flattering at all to the dragonfly. I'll think for a while and either do something different to it -- or put it away indefinitely.
The use of oils, though, is encouraging. I think once I get the hang of them (they behave amazingly differently than acrylics, which was quite a shock to me), I'm going to wonder why I ever did acrylics.
However, at least until I use up all my life-savings-amount of acrylics that I have, I'm going to use them for my under-painting. They work fine for that.
Well, back to work. I've been watching some great art videos at a website that I finally decided to plunk down the money for; artclick.tv is the site if you want to check it out. In fact, I've been watching so many videos that my eyes hurt, I've neglected my paintings, I've become entirely overwhelmed with too many ideas and techniques and opinions -- oh my! In the long run, though, I think I'm going to emerge from this self-enforced crash-course as a better painter. We shall see . . . .