Well maybe disaster might be too strong a word but from the minute I posted this painting on fb I could see it was wrong and it was really annoying me. I hadn't taken a word of my own advice and stupidly had drawn what I thought I saw and not what I actually saw and though it didn't look too bad on the painting as soon as I posted it and could see it properly on the computer the mistake shouted at me.
I shouldn't post this sort of thing... doesn't do my street cred much
good I know, but I am working on the premise that we all make mistakes
and have our disasters no matter what stage we're at, working or hobby
artists and I know during the early stages of my own journey it was music
to my ears to hear someone I perceived as a "good" artist still had off
days and their fair share of disasters. At that stage maybe one out of
ten paintings turned out for me and even then the ones which turned out
weren't that good. Happily the percentage of successes is much higher
now but I wanted to share this as a lesson to us all.
a bit of background. I have done a series of paintings from photos I
have taken of "The Street" in Rivington. I worked with the same three
colours, Turquoise, Burnt Sienna and purple so unusual combination but I
am able to get a rich variety of colours using just those three and
produce quite a colourful piece at the same time. None of these paintings represent the true colours from the reference photos, however as long as I keep the tonal value correct the palette is secondary and all I need to do is to make sure the chosen colours look attractive when mixed together. This was the first
piece and one I was very pleased with (and is now with a new owner!!)
second was one I had painted before keeping the colours fairly closely
to the reference and I really didn't like it so this was using the new
palette and I much preferred it.
This is the painting I messed up on...