Have you ever tried to teach anyone something? It can be difficult! Its even more difficult if the student you are teaching is just NOT getting it, now imagine you are doing all that, WHILE you are trying to teach something you don’t know!
That is the struggle of the self taught artist, trial, and error, and more error.
Lots of error. I am trying to get the sky in a painting just right, that is how I am seeing it in my mind, it is taking a lot of error.
Here are some of my practice sheets where I practiced different techniques to try to get the results I wanted:
Real quality art there, right?
But its all part of learning without a teacher.
Eventually I moved back onto my canvas, and its not perfect yet, but I feel like I know what needs happen now, its just that the paint I already put down needs to dry before I can do more, otherwise my colors will mix and I will end up with a green sky. I also keep reminding myself that it won’t just be a sky, there will be land and a bridge, and water, the sky will end up being only a backdrop for everything else. I keep telling myself that, but I want to get the sky perfect anyway. It is getting close to what I see in my head, and I think I’ll be able to bring it around to that point in t the next painting session.
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