After the debacle of the sunflower. I decided to practice on a scrap piece of paper before starting a painting of an Echinacea flower. This way I would have a plan on how to paint it.
The scrap paper coneflower came out pretty good, so I started my painting. I loved the start of this painting. But when I went back to add some details I felt like I messed it up. Why is it that working quick can look great, but sometimes when you work harder at something (more deliberately), you overwork it, and ruin it?
So here I am with a scrap of paper, that several people love, and an unfinished painting. And I am stuck.
I wrote the above 4 weeks ago! Ironically yesterday’s post was “Forcing myself to finish.” This Echinacea flower project is a great example of me not finishing – I felt I had ruined it, didn’t know how to proceed, so I stopped. Two days ago, I pulled it out, added details in ink, and declared it finished.
No matter how a project comes out it feels great to finish!
13 thoughts on “Practicing on scrap paper before diving in”
I can’t figure out which you think is messed up…they all look OK to me, just different approaches to the subject.
Thank you. I think I felt like I messed up the one with the green background, so I gave up on it for a while. Finally I decided to just work with it and finish it with ink.
I like them all.
I like the way you finished it! Beautiful colors too!
Thank you Laura! 🙂
The ink details are really nice! good for you for keeping at it, and ending up with something you are proud of.
Thanks Rachel 🙂
I really like all three of them; they are all beautiful in their own way!
….closure! And I have the same feeling some times that something I did as a sketch, quickie, loose, on a whim, looks so great I want to make a “real” version, a bigger more substantial piece but then it is different, not as appealing…you echinacea is great! I love the word the debacle too….I live in a world of debacles! haha
Yes! It’s closure on a project that feels good. Whether it’s a debacle or not 🙂
Now frame this beautiful flower and admire your creativity. Nicely done.
Thank you Sharon! 🙂