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patindaytona

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on: November 07, 2012, 04:47:05 AM
We've seen the early works of the masters and how good even those are. Now, how come i have a truckload of terrible paintings i did for 3 years, and yet we never see THAT kind of work from any old masters? They HAD to go thru that stage too! Maybe I'm confusing the difference between OVERWORKED and just paintings that were not as refined as later stages of the masters. Van Gogh...his early work was super realism. Well, where is earlier stuff? I'd love to have a book on how BADDDDDDDD the paintings were and how much they STRUGGLEEEDD with overworking etc etc etc...from famous painters. Now, that would be a best seller!
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #1 on: November 07, 2012, 04:51:00 AM
I am sure they all have some really really bad paintings, maybe they destroyed it.

I recently started going through another bad painting patch. Everything I paint turns out to be rubbish, I feel a bit depressed at this very moment  :'( . but i guess it is just a phase (gosh I hope so)
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see"


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Reply #2 on: November 07, 2012, 09:05:04 AM
Maryna, sorry to hear that. I got out my J.Lennon one...i ruined that one so many times over. After 45 min on it today, i just told myself, it looks like Andy Warhol stuff, and left it. It can't be any worse than it was.
What is happening Maryna...muddy color? Loosing the shapes of things? I found recently, is you have to be very careful not to loose that sketch (i even paint over it in most places with paint so i can wipe out the upper layer if i have too and still find the underlying paintsketch).   I use 2 turps now, and clean in the silty one first, then in the fresher one when i change colors...it's almost a constant juggle, but it helps alot in controling things.  You don't want to have to be frustrating over ONE thing, while other things are not going well at the same time.
This organizes things and keeps your mind more straight without becomeing overwhelmed ...to much.
I know what your going thru!
The moment you find yourself mostly satisfied with a painting and think you'll "just quickly" do this or that, that's the moment to stop completely. Take the painting off your easel and put it aside for at least 24 hours, then reassess whether it really needs that tweak.


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Reply #3 on: November 07, 2012, 11:02:46 AM
you need to go look at Renoir's paintings again then because some of them are truly terrible while others are absolute masterpieces


 

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