Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Rookie Mistake

Yesterday. I reverted myself to an earlier state of being, when I realized that I had thinned down the paint mixture a bit too much, while finishing up a painting. Why didn't I simply work with the paint the way it had originally been in it's nice plastic can. Doing the directions I normally use for creating the pouring on my painting. I remembered back to how thin and gorgeous some of my earlier paintings had been and wanted to attempt to produce something akin to that feeling again. I guess back then I must have really been on the edge of pigment destruction, for all those pourings came out in a very matte manner. While the paintings I make today have much more of a gloss surface. Through my attempts and successes at glazing, I might have went a bit far in that manner also which didn't allow more paint to stick to it...but I don't think that was the problem. I simply got overzealous and mixed far too much water into the containers I use for this particular stage of my painting.

Even before I began work that day. I knew something was a miss. When I went to mix the colors with the end of my paintbrush. I noted that the paint seemed to really wanna come off the brush when I pulled it from the can full of color. It's always the little things that you should REALLY take note of and make sure that when you see little hints, you take them into consideration. Had I done that yesterday, I might be sitting here looking at a newly finished painting. Alas, I now sit here looking at the results and remains of the mistake I made yesterday. A wonderful yellow painting with errie, ugly, dirty looking paint caked upon many parts of the surface. Sections of the wood filler that I could not get the wasted paint from.

Not to worry too much about it. I will begin from stage 4 and will rectify this into a beautiful painting, of small scale but large in heart.

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