What an artistic learning curve this project has been. I made sure to give myself LOTS of time to explore these landscapes, because I wanted to add depth to my work and play with colours, brushes, mediums and techniques.
This was the first time I did a project that had “practice boards”… 13 tiny canvases for me to make my mistakes on before I painted on the final canvas. Mostly, they helped me decide the best colours to use, because I still made mistakes on the final pieces! I found my self repainting, reblending and restructuring compositions more then ever before. To the point where I was getting annoyed with myself (wasting time and wasting paint argh!).
Despite planning and plotting and scheduling my painting time over the last few months, it still was not enough. Painting is “job #3″… a passion that is snowballing into a side business, and hopefully long-term will become part of a permanent career. However, the time I make to paint is basically my own personal “free time”… so I consider it an investment in myself and my work, and it is starting to pay off.
Gratefully, a few of my paintings have already sold. I have completed 11 out of the 13 canvases, and will finish these last two before the show:
I have one day left off to focus on the finishing details. It’s both stressful and exciting. I still have prints to sign, and cards to fold, and boxes to pack… it’s going to be a busy few days.