In The Studio: Just Paint 3 “Tired but Painting”

Okay so I was up all night and really was about to die from lack of sleep but I gave this my best try but I should have stopped after the first couple of washes when it was fresh and loose.  My intention was a free impression of several flowers from the garden but I go a little too fussy.  I will show you the image where I believe I should have stopped.After a loose drawing making sure the flowers fill up the paper  I ran a back ground wash of cobalt violet, blue and raw sienna.  Everything is going pretty well I like the looseness of the flowers.I brushed in some color for the flowers, just loosely indicating a position for the flowers not the actual buds.I put in the foreground shapes but since they were in and out shadow I kind of lost the feeling of the mass and the light.   I used bright colors and was still having a good time.I should have stopped here but I did feel compelled to put in more details and that was not a good idea.  I used lemon yellow, new gamboge, thalo yellow green, cadmium scarlet for this painting and of course I use cobalt blue and violet.  I was happy to paint the piece even though again I really went too far in the next image.You can decide for yourself if the painting is too fussy.  It is not a train wreck and I did paint so did you?

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  • christineApril 19, 2013 - 10:32 pm

    I did not paint today. I did not write today. I did not shoot one photo today, not even with Instagram. I didn’t even go to yoga today. You are waaaaaay ahead of me just in that, but truly ahead of game in that you continue to paint past the end of the project and paint subjects that are outside your comfort zone of demo. You continue to be a tremendous inspriation. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • PatApril 19, 2013 - 10:51 pm

    Thanks Steve for giving us a second still life with flowers–the lesson is a good teachable moment!ReplyCancel

  • SueKellonApril 19, 2013 - 11:05 pm

    If you “went too far”, it’s over my head. No I didn’t paint today but I know I will – soon.ReplyCancel

  • MercedesApril 7, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    I like the final result. I am very fussy in my painting. I promise to try to paint looser. Thank you for teaching me why you do this and that.ReplyCancel