Taking my new learned pastel knowledge, I tried a bit of painting yesterday. I did the watercolor under-wash, and then started adding layers of value. I think I do okay on that part, but then I have trouble with details. Tom Christopher kept his paintings very loose, yet he gave the idea of detail. I could detail a painting to death, but I am trying NOT to do that. So, I struggle with how much detail is necessary and how much is enough. Although I like Christopher's technique, I don't "own it" yet. Maybe not ever. His techniques were very helpful and I will be using lots of ideas from him, but I have to own it or make it mine. When I chose this aspen scene to paint, I wanted to try his technique again. Now I need to find something that is mine and apply his technique combined with mine. Soon.
Anyway, when I photograph my paintings and put them on the blog, it really helps me to see the painting in a new light, so to speak. I see things that need help or not. I am open to critique, too.
It started raining steady last night and is suppose to continue today. Come on rain.