Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Lessons from the process

Sunset on the cove
iPad drawing
(drawn with my finger)
8 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2021

Sometimes when you create something you don't think is perfect,
you should leave it. I don't want to have that as my watchword. But.
I'm glad some of you like the image of the Fundy cove I shared the
other night.  Because I tried to make the horizon straight, and used
a painter's tape that was way too strong.  And it ripped the painting
quite seriously.

So I went at it again.  Same size watercolour paper.  A different kind
of masking tape to make a straight horizon line, and all kinds of strange,
non-complimentary results.  I'm also working on improving a painting
from years ago of our beautiful Pugwash shore, that I never got right.
That is actually improving -- slowly.

But man.  That beautiful sunset still haunted me (in a good way -- I'm
an artist).  And I drew this image of it.  Also not perfect, but the colour 
is right on.  This is an iPad drawing.  That is what the water and sky looked
like -- so gorgeous.

The moral is either -- let it really dry.  Or don't mess with it. Or "Hey--
you're an artist.  Learning and having fun is what it's all about!"

Have a loving the world day.


Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

It must have been an amazing sunset. Gorgeous drawing❣️❣️❣️❣️
I usually really mess it up when I try “fix” a painting. ��

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you Evelyn. I saw so many on our 15 day journey. I probably
“fix” most of my successful paintings. Some during the earlier days,
some years later. Lol. I love your work!


Jennifer Rose said...

the colours are so bright 😀
I tend to restart a fail drawing but keep the 'bad' drawing just in case parts of it can be saved

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Jennifer Rose,

I agree. But by mistake I ripped it, and needed different paper and supplies!
All is well!


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