all the painting or drawing dabbling I've done, there is always a definitive
moment that divides my experiences into "before" and "after." It's the moment I
realize I don't have to worry about going back because every mistake is, in
fact, a painting challenge that isn't dire or insurmountable. It just calls for
a little creativity.
|Rouen Cathedral: Setting Sun (Symphony in Grey and Pink)
by Monet, 1892-1894, oil on canvas.
it takes more time than I would like for this moment to arrive. But with
, this occasion came a lot sooner than I expected--which makes
sense considering how user-friendly acrylics are.
I remember I was trying to re-create a Monet
painting of the Rouen Cathedral. This was at a time when I didn't have access
to an easel, so I was painting on the floor. I reached across my painting and
got a smear of unmixed color where it didn't belong. Breath gone, hopes dashed,
on the verge...of...hysteria. But wait! Don't panic. Before I gave into my
instincts to rush and fix the problem, and no doubt actually make it worse, I
stepped back and waited. And waited just a bit longer. Eventually, I got what I
wanted--the surface dried and I just started that section all over again. I lost
some time but not much else.
situation provided a good reminder not to lose my head, but more than anything
it gave me a lot of appreciation for the fast drying rate of acrylics. And, in
fact, after I learned this lesson the hard way I began loosening up and not
being so fearful, because I knew that if I made a mistake, I could always
reapply pigment after the surface had dried.
painting with acrylics I learned that I didn't need my uptight fearfulness
anymore. But what I did want and need was to better
understand how other acrylic-painting artists work--and I'm still learning this.
Finding out the perspectives of practicing artists is so helpful because I know
they've really put their paint through a workout. I want to gain from that
knowledge! Right now Chris Cozen's new DVD, Top
10 Acrylic Painting Techniques, is what I've set my sights on. It gives a
lot of coverage and discussion to the finer points of acrylic painting that I
want to know more about. Enjoy!