Calling it quits??? Is she crazy? Naw, I'm not quitting blogging, I'm just finally throwing in the towel on my current painting. It started out to be an actual representation of a photo that I took of Peri in the train station in San Fran on the morning of our initial departure. Once again I am reminded that a pretty cool photograph doesn't always translate into a beautiful painting (even when the subject is beautiful in her own right).
I may have mentioned that I take photos during my painting process to see what errors jump out at me. Well, after forty photos and forty changes and forty layers of glazes, I have completely changed the photo from a bright sunny morning shot to a very dark and moody painting and it's still not "right".
I'm going to post it anyway and say up front to my sister, who I love dearly, that I'm stumped and am calling it quits...I mean complete.
Keep it mind that this is a somewhat large painting, approximately 16 x 20 and I painted it on watercolor paper instead of canvas. Originally I wanted to convey the brightness of the sun coming into the windows reflecting the lightness of our mood and our anticipation of the trip. This never happened to my satisfaction. I kept all of the photos of the process and will perhaps put them on my Flickr page at some point. In the mean time, I give you a very different version. The original plan was too busy and didn't highlight Peri in the way I wanted. So I basically just blocked everything out with shadowy greys and blues and chalked it all up to experience.
I did finish up the crochet tote bag that I was working on. I haven't made a handle yet, because it worked so well containing my wayward yarns that I don't want to empty it yet.
Have a fun weekend and don't forget to stay creative.