We went back to Belle Isle State Park again this Thursday, Daphne and me. We were joined this week by Mel, one of our newest Plein Air Group members.
I have been feeling “off” this week when it comes to my paintings. I suspect it is due to a nagging in the back of my mind that my work is really just awful. These thoughts were triggered when a well meaning friend told me I need to go back and take some drawing lessons because this friend believes I’m weak in that area. Since I admire this person’s work (which is very good) and I am years behind her in development, I took this critique rather hard. I know that drawing is one of those skills that comes from doing and I need to draw more, more often and focus on technique… but it can be very tedious and sometimes I just don’t want to do tedious work. In any case, I’m feeling bad about the work I have been doing. Yeah, I know, it’s in my head… nagging doubt. My mother revisiting my youth…
But, that said when we started painting, I initially tackled a scene that was WAY beyond my capability and I just wiped it off. Then I started over on the same board which, as a result, was more slick then I’m happy working on so the paint just didn’t really want to adhere well. I ended up having to just dab it on in some place to get it on at all. Interestingly, that frustration just sort of let me play a bit more.
The boathouse (larger part of it) was not drawn well. It’s too short and the perspective is off a bit. And I’m not liking the water much. I could not seem to get the ripples in the way I wanted. But there is a lot I do like about this little painting: That little boat, just barely indicated in from of the boathouse… I like that a lot. I also really like the leaning part of the covered dock bits. And that reflection from the no wake sign. But the brush strokes in and around the trees and the values all were spot on.
So here is a closeup in B&W so you can see the values and another in color. Kind of cool how a close-up view can change everything.