Showable or horrible?

I am really struggling deciding if this one is worth showing off, or just being a horrible painting.

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It´s definitely not my best effort, in spite of using a solid amount of time on it. In that sense, I´m a little disappointed.

However, I´ve really been struggling for quite some time with making realistic paintings that are supposed to show off a realistic, detailed landscape in broad daylight. As I´ve mentioned before, I think some of the reason lies in not using enough time blending the colors right. I guess I also need to take some more time in making the details right, and not convince myself that a painting needs to be done in just one day.

It´s also becoming more clear that the less detailed your painting is, the more realistic it actually looks. Which I, starting up painting, believed would be the other way around. One of the examples the way I see it, is this painting from about three weeks ago:

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The only real details painted on it, is the lighting of the trees/bushes and some of the clouds.

It still worked out a lot better than todays painting though. Which will be todays lesson learned, I guess.

The last 15 months

Since my last effort at painting (in reference to my last post) ended so terrible, I kind of needed a pick-me-up-post to cheer me up. So, without any restrictions on self-boosting, I gathered all my favorite paintings since starting up about 15 months ago.

The first one is the first painting I were really proud of, painted about three months after first starting up. It´s the first painting I really felt that I could show off to someone. Therefor it´s still my favorite.

The second one is probably the one that i´m most pleased with, regarding technical effort, and the third one is the one where I really felt that this hobby was something to keep building on. The rest of them are all glimpses of paintings that sometimes occur in-between not so good paintings – and some really not so good paintings – that i´m quite pleased with.

But, to make an effort in restraining all this self-boosting, I also have to show of the ones that i´m not so happy with. Like these ones:

Now, the first one.. I don´t quite know what happende there. I were actually very happy with it, especially the whale. And then, in what must have been a small aneurysm, I thought: hey, let´s paint in a giant sea monster…
I kind of still like it though, for beeing so terrible.

The rest og them is just the kind of efforts that you have to take as practice, I guess. The kind of paintings that just didn´t turn out the way you wanted them to. And believe me, there were A LOT more of them, but they all went straight to the trash without taking any photographs.

It would have been fun to post them all on here though – in the mentioned category “really not so good paintings” – but I guess you´ll just have to use your imagination picturing them.

Just to cheer me up a final time, I´ll show the sea monster painting again. I´ve given it the title: What the hell was I thinking?

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And by the way. To the South African man or woman that has been visiting my blog regularly for a while: I´m really stoked that you have chosen to take an interest in my page, and hope you get some kind of joy from it. That would be awesome! It really makes me want to paint more, and I thank you for that! 🙂

The smear of failure

So today´s effort didn´t exactly go as planned. This one was supposed to picture a colorful drive through a forest road, with leafs beaming over bathed in the colors of fall. It all looked great in my head, so I had high expectations for the outcome.

20161008_160556_1475935876364After throwing away the first canvas in about 20 minutes, ruined by unfocused and rushed work, I did the same mistakes all over again. I didn´t take the time to plan out how it should look, how the proportions should be, or how the colors would be mixed together. Just went straight on painting, based on a vague hunch from a vast picture in my head. Inpatient and restless. Just trying to get it done in the time I had.

I´ve already learned the hard way that this is a terrible way of doing it, so, not surprisingly, I had to learn it the hard way all over again.

When it didn´t turn out the way I planned at all, I got so frustrated that I ended up smearing my palette over the whole thing in a light rampage.

So I guess this one goes into the books titled “Paint palette smeared on canvas because the whole thing went to shit”. Kind of catchy, or maybe not..

Day at the lake

In an attempt to try out some keep-it-simple-paintings, using the basic nature to fill out the frame, I decided to paint a lakeside view.

20161004_141829I thought it was great fun starting of with painting in some clouded skylines, using a light blue, monotonous backround as a starting point. Then use a Filbert-brush to stamp on the clouds. First a mix of white and black for the shadow part of the clouds, then a clear white on top to give it some volume.

For the bushes I used the same technique and the same brush as for painting in the clouds. First a dark mixture of black and green. Then a lighter mixture of green, black and yellow, and at last a final layer with a mix of yellow and green to top it off with some lighting.

I used the same colors to paint in the reflections of the bushes in the water, but with a more monotone blend to separate it from the real deal.

I struggled to make the clouds look nice on the water reflections though, so I´m a little disappointed with that, but all in all I guess it´s ok. There is a lack of details in the painting, but that was kind og what I was going for.

Maybe it´s a bit boring, but I kind of like it that simple. It was also painted with only one brush, so it was a quite fun experience. Maybe the next one need to be more lively!

 

Lonely bird

20161003_154800.jpgThis was initially supposed to be a painting of a grassy field, but as the field submerged it looked more and more like a seaside view. So I basically just went with it. Beside the bird, I didn´t feel like there was much more to add to the painting, so I just left it as it was. But I guess there could be waves, more beards, some rocks etc. to make it lively.

It is kind of boring to look at, but i dont know if I like it that way or not. It gives it something in just beeing as simple as it is, but I am keeping the option open to pick it up again if a good idea, or often in retrospect a bad idea, pops up. At least I have a photo of it if i ruin it completely on a later project…