My friend, PG’s husband is an artist, he also teaches art at the university level, listening to my woes he switched into teacher mode.He advised me. “What you should do is under paint in browns and white or black and white first. Think of it like drawing with paint instead of pencil.” He explained that it is a time honored technique.
Thursday, at my painting class, I tried it. Taking it easy, I decided on a still life. I cropped this photo to make it more interesting. It took a long time to do the first step. I worked with raw umber and white.
Adding color went very fast. All the hard stuff, like tones and shadows had already been worked out.
For the first time in a long while, I finished my painting in one session! I’m very excited.
You will have to wait until next week to see my finished still life, I left it to dry and be framed. I was beginning to despair of never making any progress, now I am excited and feeling like I can paint!