Kitchen Still Life #2
Hello Art Friends
I knew eventually my journey into digital painting would take me to still life work. Today's lesson is in persistence. Yesterday I noticed some onions and garlic in my kitchen I had bought and thought they would make a great still life. I took out my camera and then set out at my computer to paint. Yesterday I loved it. I had successfully captured what onions and garlic look like on a dark background. This morning I looked at the painting from yesterday and was less happy with it. In fact I realized it was just a study and needed to be done with a better composition. So I set up the same items this time with an old crock I normally keep soap and my dish sponges in. I decided I wanted to really make an interesting composition that looked like an old masters painting. Once I had the photo the way I wanted I set out to painting on my computer. I am so glad I went back and revisited the subject. Today's I really love. I should really remember this because as a photographer I will return to the same site over and over again until I really get the photo I see in my head. I have to remember to do the same when I paint. We don't only get one crack at a subject.
Tomorrow I will be framing my pieces for the Art of Jazz on J Street show and plowing through my next class for school. I do have a portrait painting I did over the holidays queued up to write about so I will take a break and get that posted.
What lessons do you find yourself learning over and over again?
Keep Makin' Art!