Painting is always an ongoing struggle for me. Every new piece
presents new problems to solve and master. It can be frustrating.
The appeal for me is the occasional success and the rewarding
satisfaction that follows. Painting is like a gambler's addiction
-- the intermittent reward keeps me coming back for more punishment!
I realize that my skills as a painter pales by comparison to
many accomplished artists and that I will never become the painter
or designer that I want to be. My goal, rather, is to become accomplished
enough to visualize my ideas.
Having said that, here are some comments about this painting
demo. Although simple in nature, this painting was actually very
hard to paint (much harder than it should've been) primarily because
I couldn't spend consecutive days on it. During the three weeks
that it required, my focus wandered and the process of painting
required more energy every time I sat down. Each painting session
became arduous. I would often forget where I left off and wasted
too much time rethinking old problems. My recommendation would
be to paint over several uninterrupted consecutive days if possible.
Looking at this completed painting, there
are some flaws. First, the texture of the foreground rock has
the same character of texture and quality of look as the background
rocks even though they are spatially far apart. (This was simply
laziness on my behalf as I wanted to finish the painting!) Compositionally,
it could be much stronger. The focus of interest in this painting
is lost in the busy composition of the rock formations.