Thursday, July 7, 2016

Five Minute Painting Self-Challenge Number 2



Today's Five Minute Painting is A Vase of Roses with an unfinished branch of flowers spilling over the top of the vase.






I didn't mention in my last post that one of the reasons for doing these little paintings and allowing so little time for them (although I might spend more than five minutes and if I do, I will let you know how long I did spend) is to work on eliminating perfectionism from my artwork, just as I am very much trying to eliminate it in every aspect of my life. At one time  I viewed it as an asset but now I consider it more of a hindrance and an impediment to accomplishment.  In painting, it can cause an artist to overwork and destroy the artistic value of a subject (unless perhaps,one is going for photo-realism. In life, it can cause unnecessary delays and unrealistic expectations for ourselves. None is perfect. So, why should we try to be? That does not mean that I do not want to pursue high standards because I do, it simply means that I want to create some boundaries and know when to stop.


I am happy with this little painting. It is approximately 4"x 9" and was painted with watercolor on Ribbon-Tie Card. I purchased the stock at Staples about five years ago and thought this would be a fun size.  I am also trying to use my imagination more in my painting so I did not have a subject in front of me.


I find it interesting to take a closer look at the brush strokes in these little paintings. The rose on the bottom right of the bouquet appears fairly well defined in the work as a whole but when I crop to show the detail of that rose, you can see the center of the rose is a good bit too far to the right, just missing the mark.These are all learning exercises to improve my work.



















I liked my little painting well enough to make it into a card for a friend. 

Hope you have a great evening...until tomorrow.

Vicki

5 comments:

  1. Vicki-it's lovely! I hope to start this exercise today. There HAS to be time for 5 minutes of painting! I love your lettering too...

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement, Debra! You can find 5 minutes. Just make some Xs and Os and that will get you started!

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  2. You're so right about perfectionism! This trait of character can sometimes contribute to health disorders.
    As someone said: we shouldn't confuse the desire to excel with the desire to be perfect.

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    2. So true...the stress of trying to accomplish the impossible will lead to all sorts of difficulties, including depression. Glad to see you back again, Duta! I visited your blog yesterday, briefly and plan to return. Looked very interesting!
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