Tuesday, September 3, 2013
A New Month and a New Challenge
BUT....there are some days when I should just stay out of the studio, and today was one of those days. I decided to paint a seagull from a photo I took when I was back in New York. Talk about trying to fit a square peg in a round hole! Or should I say, a rectangle in a square. You'd think, with all my artistic experience, that space and placement wouldn't be a big deal for me any longer. Wrong! I really am spatially challenged. So there I was, trying to squeeze this oblong seagull into a perfect square. I started over at least three times, and each time, ended up making the gull larger until I cut off its tail feathers and half of its beak. I considered giving up, which would place me one day behind already. So I forged on, determined to complete Day Two of the Thirty Day Challenge because I'm not a quitter! The result: not one of my better pieces, but it's done. And when I realized it wasn't going to fit on the square canvas, I decided to focus on color and lighting instead. I was a little more successful with that.
So what have I learned? Well, I'm still spatially challenged. But, I completed the daily painting. Two days down, 28 more to go. Stay tuned....
And here's Day One's painting: