My apologies for not writing yesterday, but I was tired. Sunday night I wrote out a list of "To Do's" for Monday. There were four housekeeping chores, and it ended with sewing and painting. It's enough to say that I crossed everything off that list but wound up too tired to write my blog.
Now I have to apologize for being too embarrassed to do as I promised earlier when I began this particular painting. I had said that I would show all the work I did on this one, but honestly, I just can't. Some of it is simply so awful, I can barely look at them myself!
I will show what I worked on yesterday and today, but you are warned ahead of time. What you will see is still pretty awful. Below are studies 7 - 11. On the left is #7 - another study for the stormy sky. This was the one where I laid down the light colors first and then added the dark. When I saw that it still didn't work and looked much like #1 - 6, I had to think a bit harder. I realized that I was still dabbing uncertainly at it and was actually simply painting the same way as in #1 - 6.
Then I thought I'd give myself a break and work on the bottom part of the painting - the ground with its plants and trees (far left). There are three attempts in the center portion, but I was frustrated by not having enough room. So I turned the paper sideways and did that part of the painting again. While not even okay, those four are better than the sky.
Given the fact that I had filled up three pages with 11 studies that don't seem to have helped me at all, I decided to try to put it all together in still another study. When I first started working on this subject, I drew a very, very rough sketch of just the building's outline and nothing else. Today I picked that sketch to work on for yet another in what is becoming and long line of studies.
Okay, it's really not good, but I feel so much better!Oh, this painting is dreadful in any number of ways: the sky is a disaster, the building (yes, it was a fast and rough sketch, but really?) is way off kilter, and the foreground isn't there yet. But working on the entire composition makes a difference; it makes me happy.