This one is simply overworked. It doesn’t have the feeling of air coming through
the palm leaves. I am okay with the ocean, flowers, etc.
This should have been beautiful… Randy Boyd’s photo was gorgeous!
I tried it again…..
In this one. it still is too spindly… doesn’t look like a palm to me.
I know what I wanted, and this is not even CLOSE.
I think showing my duds is good for others who see nothing but gorgeous amazing watercolors. I know these are not horrid (you can tell what this is after all)
but it is not what I wanted, even close. Therein lies the problem for me.
What was I going for versus what happened.
For most of us, this is the problem. Expectations.
A great photo that took my breath away from Randy Boyd, and I just could not loosen up!
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That annoying loud-mouth editor/critic in your head? GONE! How great would that be?
You are so right about expectations. And that said – your paintings ARE beautiful! I’ve been trying to do more art that I just use what is in my head. I may use a reference photo to help make decisions about the placement of objects or color choices, but once I start drawing or painting I put the reference away, and just let it flow. I find myself making rookie mistakes because I don’t have as clear a picture of what I’m going for, but I’m more satisfied with the result.
It’s YOU! Okay, how do I follow your blog?
I also do the same thing… start with the reference then usually set it aside.
The sketches are close to the layout — but I am frustrated with palms these days because I’ve been drawing them for years but now I want something different….
I’m sorry you don’t like them Kate. I really like the second one.
It is a good lesson on what I see in my mind’s eye versus what I did… gets us into trouble. I am really trying to get the palms down! (hee hee got that….)
Hehe. We have a lotta palms down here.
I’m afraid that and the food are the only things I loved about FL — bugs as big as a house, Bro telling me not to walk outside alone at night (gators), and a warm ocean — But I sure love your pics!
Well the ocean on this side, not so warm. But I prefer warm. No gators beachside. We keep the bugs down and leave the lizards to multiply. They love bugs! The palms took a beating from Irma, so many are literally ‘down’. The fod is where I go cold. Not so good here. No seasoning, no one knows how to properly bread shrimp and fish and you can’t get good sausage for a gumbo or jambalaya. And the prices are ridiculous. I love most that the state is conservation goaled, at least towards preserving the wildlife and reserve areas.
I would never kill a lizard or a snake… love both. What is it about beach communities (outside California) and food? oregon has maybe one good restaurant on the entire coast! And no fresh fish! WTH?
YESS! Isn’t it just nuts. I think they sell it all to inland restaurant suppliers who pay premium prices. We had such marvelous fish in Costa Rica. Wahoo. Woo-hoo!
Yes — we did in Laguna and Newport and SF and Venice and Malibu (California) too.