This wasn’t a successful piece, but i did learn something. I have to fully understand the shadows, shaping, and cast shadows before just blindly following the directions.
This one gave me a lot of trouble because the directions were to erase as much of the graphite (of the design) as possible while letting you still see the tiny areas to paint in various colors. I’m thinking my graphite wasn’t too dark to begin with and then erasing, I had no guidance. There are a ton of little areas to paint in certain colors and ways. It felt like paint by numbers while wearing a mesh scarf over my eyes. It was frustrating!
The subject matter isn’t that interesting to me. I realized that perhaps I don’t need to paint every lesson in the book, but the ones that are more of what I would like to paint. I’m more “into” pottery and glazes than I am crystal and glass, so this isn’t a still life I would be interested in painting. I do love flowers and that is the part that is really not successful because I didn’t understand the shape.
I did learn how to create the colors in the wine, how to use neutral tint to darken and deepen the perylene maroon. The leaves are ok. but moving on to the next lesson and also some of my own designs to translate what I’ve learned. I also sat down and made notes on all I’ve learned in a notebook to help solidify it in my brain.