I told my painter friend about my learning process; how i look at an image and imagine the layers of colors underneath. He immediately said creating layers of colors is not the way to do it (not his exact words but something like it) and that before i put on the paint, it should have been mixed (with other colors) perfectly, the way you want (for example) the skin to be. You don’t put on one color and just cover it if you make a mistake. You have to know exactly what colors should go with what, before brushing it onto the canvas. He said watercolor strokes should flow like water, because my watercolor tubes (gouache) i use it like oil paint or acrylic perhaps. I’m not using it for its purpose, i’m using it the way i want it to be.
I felt somewhat taken aback by his reaction, i thought he would appreciate my progress. I didn’t know i would get a little bit of scolding, well it wasn’t exactly like that, but that was what it felt to me at that moment. He hasn’t seen my works in progress, so hopefully he’ll change his point of view when he sees it.
It got me thinking, is my process a mistake even if i get a result that i’m proud of? It’s like getting the right answer to a mathematical problem, but then you should be ready to explain how you got the solution. I’m bad in mathematics so perhaps that’s not a good analogy 😉 I feel, i may be painting the wrong way but i’m enjoying so much the process. I love how excited i am waking up to paint, and staying in my atelier all day long. Isn’t this more important? I honestly felt a bit bad, like he popped the bubble for me. Or maybe i am romanticizing about things again. Or perhaps i am high on my “treading-the-fulltime-artist-path” that i don’t want to accept that my process is not really the way to go.
In my creative life, i can say that a lot of the things i do, i learned on my own. I dunno if that’s good but that’s how it is for me. But then again, perhaps, to really further improve, i should just learn from the masters.
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BASQUIAT – https://theartofeveryday.wordpress.com/2010/10/23/getting-to-know-jean-michel-basquiat/
SELF-TAUGHT ARTIST – https://theartofeveryday.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/follow-your-art-opening-thyself/
DISCOVERING PAINTING – https://theartofeveryday.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/following-my-heart-discovering-painting/
BECOMING A FULL-TIME ARTIST – https://theartofeveryday.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/independence-day/
ART PORTFOLIO – http://jazelkristin.wordpress.com/