Monday, June 13, 2011

Me, Whimsical?

Having finished the dancers painting for the person interested in illustrations for their book,I emailed the image with fingers wimply crossed. Yes, I said wimp-ly. As in like a wimp. Should I have said sheepishly? Anyway, I was thinking it might not be to their liking with the "whimsy" word being tossed about.

Do I see my painting, or myself, as whimsical? I think not. My kids would say "Who, you? Uh, no." Those are smart, observant guys, those kids of mine. Yeah.

I think watercolor work is light and airy by nature of the medium. Would I call my handling of the medium melancholy? So I lean toward Prussian blue and alizarin crimson, are they sad, depressing colors? Not in my opinion.

I paint what I see generally. With photos I see too much. From life there's no time or room to see everything, which is what I like about painting from life. I am not sure it's even possible to use watercolors to capture a crowd of people dancing unless in abstract forms or quick gestures. Maybe that would have been a better way to go, but I needed a reference, hence the photo.

What can you do? Can you please everyone? No.

I will continue to stay positive, or invite the unwanted advances of Mr. Resistance. I decided the operative word was "Yes". I went with the flow. I tried my best with what I thought would be okay, and maybe not how I would have liked it to be.

After working from life going back to a photograph for guidance didn't feel exactly right. Being true to myself and my own objectives may be more important in the long run. Book deal or no book deal.


  1. Hope you get the response you want. Good luck!

  2. I don't have a whimsical bone in me either. I took a whimsy class and lol none of my stuff had whimsey in it at all. None! I too need a reference. I see people drawing whimical things and I like them but I can't do them. Like you said, we do what we can; and people like what they like. Personally, I liked your painting and I hope he does too :)Connie waxbeachartist

  3. Well I didn't get a favorable response, but it's all good. Art, liking certain art, is a matter of personal taste anyway, right?