Friday, 10 April 2009

Do I? or don't I? I do


A funny day today, the weather was a bit miserable so decided not to go walking, I struggled my way through a very busy Keswick to the local supermarket, it's ages since I've seen it so busy with tourists, I couldn't make my mind about what to paint? what medium and if I was in the mood! So with the rain pounding on the conservatory where I work and the wood burner burning well I put some music on and felt more like painting. I decided on a small watercolour of Windermere with the 'langdales' in the background, I was working on hot pressed paper for a change and I choose three colours that I don't often use Opera Rose, Translucent Turquoise and cad lemon yellow, just three I do like to limit my colours. Well the sky went well ish, then I started painting some of the mountains in,THEN I took it to the sink, a well practised technique and under the water it all went, so after a quick dry off I went again, I couldn't believe how much Opera Rose I used compared to my favourite Permanent Rose, it was as thou the brush was eating it! So anyway to cut along story short, I'm not happy with my afternoon of painting and thought 'shall I put it on the blog or should I only put paintings that I'm really happy with, but No a blog should show, that us artists don't always produce what they want! So tomorrow I may go walking what ever the weather!
P.S I've suddenly got toothache, I think it's because I was concentrating so hard and clenching my teeth, oh the joys of painting.

4 comments:

Elizabeth Seaver said...

It is hard to put work up that is less than satisfying to you, the artist. I think we all ought to do it--it is reality, after all. Just getting out to paint is a victory most days!

Teresa said...

I like it! Glad you decided to post it. I'm curious about you putting the entire paper under water after you've done part of the painting.... seems like you'd lose a lot of what you've already done??

jane ward said...

Thanks Teresa, I often totally sub mirge my watercolours, I use a ken bromley stretcher that keeps the paper as tight as a drum and because the colours I use are fairly staining it's fine, it can sometimes just soften up the background. Next time I do it I'll take a photo and pop it on the blog

Teresa said...

RE: submerge... I think that would take a lot of courage for me to do! I look forward to seeing your photos on the pre- and post- dunking!