Friday, December 10, 2010
Two Small Paintings
If I can do it in such a small painting, and do it in such a way that it makes sense from a fair distance away, then I figure I have most of the problems licked, and I can start working large.
Of course, a large painting has challenges of its own; it's much more difficult to get a uniform color distribution across a wide area than a small one, and sometimes that's very important, since accidental variations in tone can convey unintended meanings. Sometimes that's a good thing, but then again, sometimes it's a real aggravation.
There are quite a few watercolorists who would take me to task for trying to exert so much control, probably. A lot of people think watercolor should be loose and splashy. Those who know me will no doubt not be surprised to learn that has never appealed to me.
Besides, I think another study might be in order, since I'm not sure I'm satisfied with the way this color compares to that in the photograph. A perfect match isn't always that important, but in this case, I think the colors are really important to the photo, and I'd like to get as close to them as possible in the painting.