Visual artists, like athletes, need to practice. Musicians spend hours in the practice room, and dancers spend a good portion of their lives on the dance floor. Painters and drawers need to practice, too, but each time we put pencil or paint on paper we end up with a physical product, one that often spends time being stored in the studio. It’s not good enough to leave the room and go out into the world for others to view, but we are reluctant to confine it to the trash or have a bonfire. And, yes, I have a stack of these in my studio.
I set out yesterday to do one of my 120 paintings, a magnolia flower from a neighbor’s yard.
My conclusions: I got carried away looking for the color in the flower and forgot to make the color subtle so that the flower still appears white. This blossom had one petal curled over the center cone and I should have moved the petal off the cone in the picture. The leaves need to be darker and more unified. And I’m not happy with the background.
So, I could check the box, say I’ve been there and painted that, and it didn’t work for me, but instead I think I will go back and do it again. After all, these 120 paintings are all supposed to be practice!
“It takes 120 bad paintings to know something about painting.” – Larry Seiler as quoted by Jeff Mahorney in his blog
Each painting is small in format and should be completed in about an hour or less.
My goals are to improve my technique, to paint faster, and to gain experience with a variety of subjects.