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.
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