Well a midst the construction of my work stations I have been trying to paint in a little corner of my studio. I decided to recreate a painting that I had intended to keep for myself but in the heat of the moment I sold it. Many things influence my paintings so it is almost impossible to re-create one exactly as before. This week the weather was changing everyday along with my moods. I heard birds outside my window at the beginning of the week just to find out we were going to have another "snow storm of the century" by midweek! Well what we got was a "wintry mess" but not as much snow as promised. This along with my caring for my grandson took it's toll on my moods. I thought if I painted a tropical painting it would lift my mood. What started out as a light airy painting soon turned dark. I struggled not to grey down my tropical colors. I like the contrasts with the vibrant oranges and yellow greens against the dark background but it is not as fresh as I had planned it to be. I have learned to step away from my paintings when I get overwhelmed and I did that many times with this one. At one point it had too much bright green (yes I said too much bright, lol) so I painted blues and purples on tissue paper and then tore it into shapes that fit between the leaves to see how the colors looked as a background. This is a good way to try out background colors without mucking up the painting. When I finally liked the depth of color that the tissue paper added I started washing it onto the painting where need be. I also use my cell phone to take photos of the painting as I go along. This helps me see the contrasts much like a reducing glass does. Having struggled with the background I will say that the hummingbird and the blossom were enjoyable to paint!
I have found some useful advise on acrylic painting from Michele Theberge at MicheleTheberge.com I am still learning about all the mediums used in Acrylic Painting and she has some helpful advice in this video:http://www.themindfulartist.com/2013/01/worst-mistake-acrylic-painters-make/ Check it out and let me know what you think.
I can't wait to see blue skies and all the colors of my garden soon!