|Summer Harvest (c)2011 Dora Sislian Themelis|
12x16 Watercolor on Arches
I decided that I might need to challenge myself by painting from photographs. Isn't that interesting? I know I said before that I have preferred painting from life lately. But I started to think that maybe the challenge isn't in painting from life, it might be working from photos since I'm not great at it. What a concept!
Why not learn how to do something I seem to not do well. Last week I took this photo of my vegetable haul and thought it would make an interesting painting. Yes, I sketched it out first. Yes I threw some color to get a general idea of where I wanted to take it. I tried to get the darks dark enough and tried not to work on it too long at each session so I don't screw it up.
It seems that when I take a photo of the painting I can see some areas that could use something, so that's what I did after my short sessions. Keeping it short helped me not trash everything. I am notorious at that. Besides, if I'm somewhat happy while I go along I'm more apt to paint again, anything to ward off Mr. Resistance.
I know, I know, I'm still at the dining room table even now that my babysitting is done for the summer. What can I say? I like the light from that window.