I have been wanting to play in the dust. I started yesterday by wiping off a painting and doing a "sketch". It turned into work, sort of like homework. I spent an hour and a half yesterday and about the same today. Not good. I decided to just stop and go on to the next project.
I had planned on using the towel and making the stripes red. It was supposed to be a quick sketch as I have painted all the items before. What went wrong? Maybe it was the odd shaped pear that wouldn't stand up. I had 3 more, why didn't I change it?
I also got too heavy with my strokes early on. This makes it difficult to change and have subtle changes without blending and I didn't want to blend too much.
So for Scavenger Hunt 102 https://creativespark.art/threads/scavenger-hunt-from-life-102-feb-5-feb-13.6569/
here you go:
Number 9 bottle
Number 10 fruit
Number 11 metal - a small individual cocktail shaker that Gene used to use for his vodka martinis
Here was the setup after I moved the pear to flatten the towel. I moved the towel so I could see the bottoms of the items, the towel was sort of draped in front.
Maybe showing my mistakes can help you in your painting. I hope so. It helps me to remember for next time. Do you ever abandon a painting?
Here are my thoughts on this one:
Check my items - especially that they will stay put
Check my composition
If it is a painting not sketch, do a value sketch
Start with light strokes and build up the color slowly from dark to light.
Take breaks and step back
Take a photo or look in a mirror
Be comfortable - I didn't put down my pads and my feet were tired
Have fun, if not come back later