The time I’m able to dedicate to painting is currently coming under a lot of pressure!
The upshot of this a slight dip in my confidence as I gradually spend less and less time with a brush in my hand. This in turn can lead to a lack of motivation and choosing a subject and just plain old getting started can become a challenge. As I struggled to decide what to sketch out, and what I felt confident about trying to paint, my partner, responding to my exasperation, chimed in with:
“Just paint something you’ve enjoyed painting before!”Sage advice from my partner
Well, that was all in took and, within minutes, I’d decided to revisit a view of Barcelona that I painted some time ago.
This painting was a quarter sheet and I recall that I enjoyed painting it and that I was really pleased with it at the time. It’s strange that when I went back to look at this again, I was a tad underwhelmed with it! I didn’t spend long looking at it but immediately felt that there were some things I could improve on.
The main difference at the outset was that I decided to work larger as I had a half sheet all stretched out and ready to go. The other changes I looked at were changes to the composition, some of which made it closer to the original source image. Here’s how I got on:
Probably the main compositional difference is the supremely tall tree! I remember that I chose to leave this out of when I did the first painting as I wasn’t convinced that I could paint it effectively.
I’m afraid that this latest effort has only vindicated my earlier decision! While I think it works compositionally, I’m not particularly enamoured with how I painted this.
Fortunately, I don’t think that this is is the main focal point and I think that the figures do draw the eye and are much more accomplished than on my first painting. I also tried to join shapes together more effectively, which you can see with the cars here. I think that the orange car, a taxi, is probably too small but I like that it adds a little spot of colour.
Here are the two side by side:
Considering how doubtful I was about starting any painting at all, I was quite pleased that I managed to turn this around – and I even quite enjoyed painting it!
So, if you ever find yourself in a similar situation, perhaps trying to draw or paint something that you know you’ve enjoyed painting before might help you too!