For my October Serendipity painting, I started off with painted pages again. This time I have a picture of them. They really are just doodles and piddles on paper. I use these pages to play with colours and with supplies. I don’t put pressure on myself to produce anything great, I just play.
This time Juliette recommended laying down paper and paint first. So that is what I did but I was having trouble seeing anything so I thought I’d put a head in. Once her head was in, I liked the idea of using part of my painting pages as a head piece of sorts so I glued that down too. I tried starting her face but, argh, they are a struggle for me.
In my last post, I mentioned how Juliette includes her “ugly” phases in her posts. I decided to do the same and show all the stages I went through until I got to my finished product. Here is one of my ugly phases. While Juliette’s “ugly” phases still look great to me, this makes me cringe!
So I changed her hair, necklace, and dress and tried another horrible face attempt. I was getting pretty frustrated by now. I liked some elements. The idea of her “wings” was from part of my painted pages. Her long flowing hair was inspired by part of my painted pages too.
I tried again with the face and figured this was as good as it was getting so I quit while I was ahead. The stars in her hair were also an idea inspired by part of my painted pages.
Then I decided I needed some more yellow in the painting to balance it off. So I made some of the stars in her hair yellow and added yellow to the wings and had some stars trailing out to the side. In some ways, I think it would have been a better painting if I had quit while I was ahead (i.e.-see the painting before). But I didn’t. However, I did decide to call it quits here and below is my completed October Serendipity Painting.
So here is my analysis: I don’t feel this painting has the spontaneous feel or depth of colour work of the first one which is too bad. Her face is still not what I’d like but I feel it is better than my first one. I feel there is something lacking in the colour palette but I can’t put my finger on what it is. All in all, it is more just a feeling that this painting doesn’t make me smile as much as the other one.
On the good side, I like how the music sheet is visible across her forehead. I like how her hair turned out and the shape of the wings. I like her dress with the music sheet underneath and the rippled tissue paper on top and the wash of colour over the tissue paper.
It’s a calmer painting, and though not perfect, I like it and had fun creating it. Hope you enjoyed following my process.
*Serendipity is the name of the on-line painting course I am taking. It is taught by Juliette Crane. See her stuff here: http://www.juliettecrane.com/blog/