Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Evening Sky (#7 After Kevin MacPherson)

Painting skies was a lot harder than I thought when I started.  I wanted fresh, clean colors, but I didn't want it to look garish.

I painted this in layers, putting thin washes over previous layers before I was satisfied with the look of it.   It's like making a pot of soup...I add a little salt, adjust the seasonings, some cream, until it's yummy!

That is something that I have learned in my painting journey.  When I first started, I would feel like a failure if I couldn't mix a color and then put it on and leave it.  I'm learning that the colors are relative to each other, and I don't feel bad if I have to adjust an area to make it lighter or darker relative to the rest of the painting.  Feeling bad when I'm painting is not how I want to feel!