Otherwise known as the Fine Art of Procrastination!
Turns out I am pretty good at it! You know the feeling - when something is really big and complex or labour intensive and you would rather have a root canal than tackle it? Yepper. I got it. Since I first started this painting I have completed 4 others and started three more!
This past week I got looking at this piece once again and realized it was further along than I thought. Originally, I was hoping to keep the base light in tone with the drip marks quite evident. After a time of scrutinizing the work I have already done, I knew I have to rethink my approach. The top of the painting is heavy in tone with the colours of the large evergreen.
I photocopied my reference photos in black and white and increased the contrast. The original reference photos are pretty much monochromatic. I really need to see the contrast in order to move forward. This was helpful. I do not know why I hadn’t thought of it before now! May be the eight paintings I have in play right now have kept me busy enough not to focus here. Procrastinate much?
Deep breath. I went in and started to darken the branches of the weeping mulberry shrub. When I step back now, I am pleased with the progress and realize I have to take the whole shrub even deeper. Stay tuned for more progress….
You procrastinators out there have to read this. It explains why we are what we are! http://waitbutwhy.com/2013/10/why-procrastinators-procrastinate.html