Here is an example of me not being satisfied with an original painting and then painting over it to get a whole new feeling from the same painting. Digital painting make this ridiculously easy to do. I got this far and had to step back from it to see if I felt better about where it was going. I do. But I still find myself very frustrated painting on such a small surface that does not have the feel of pain or the resistance. But I think I am progressing and loosening up a little better.
To pass the time on a recent trip to Phoenix, I doodled on my iPad again. I was crammed between two people in the middle seat with little elbow room. Hunched over to avoid elbowing my neighbors in the gut, I had to improvise how I held the stylus and my iPad. 2 hours into the flight my back was a screaming. Oh the life of an artistic explorer.
I had no idea what to paint so I just laid on the dark colors and start thinking about my classes in art school focusing on 2 and 3 point perspective. I also had a few images in my head from a really amazing painter by the name of Jeremy Mann. His cityscapes are wonderful images that one might feel were captured in a dream he then painted. The use of light and shadow and a more suggestive style rather that realism is quite amazing.
This is my latest and a first. I created this watercolor and charcoal for my mom on Mother’s Day. I have never used watercolors before, except maybe when I was five. It is definitely not as easy as you might think. There is no do over. You cannot simply paint over an area and start again. For an oil painter that is a tad annoying. Overall I think this is not too bad for a n00b. Mom is happy and that is what really matters.