I was tempted to avoid painting this, because I found the pegs hard to draw (and I thought I’d stuff them up painting them), but I’m glad I didn’t. The colour in the photo’s not quite accurate (what looks like a red peg is actually bright pink), but you get the idea.
I enjoyed picking up two (or more) colours on the brush and making marks with them.
These are some flowers on our kitchen table. I think they are chrysanthemums—although you probably can’t tell from these paintings. 🙂 I struggled to make the marks I wanted for the petals. Maybe I used the wrong brush (a number 8 round). Or, more likely, I just don’t know how to use it yet. 🙂
The painting on the right was the first one I did, and an attempt at a monochromatic. A few problems with perspective, and definitely with value, but I like the earthy colours and the goldy looking water in the bottom of the vase.
If I had to choose, I think I prefer the painting on the left. It looks more like the flowers on our table (a big part because they’re actually white), I like the marks I made (even though they weren’t exactly what I was trying for), and it feels more dynamic.
Painting is hard! Colour mixing, perspective, transparency, relative values, which brush to use for which effect, how long to leave a layer before painting on top of it… So many things to think about—and all the while the (acrylic) paint is drying!
But nothing worthwhile is ever easy. That’s why I’m here, learning.
Here’s the reference picture I painted from. (I like dark, dramatic skies.)
My second exercise from 101 Techniques: Acrylics. I’m happiest with the pear on the left. 🙂