Road trip to Northern Yukon, around July.
I’ve ruined too many paintings at the very end by not knowing when stop and take a “Time Out”.
So if you’ve just spent a big chunk of time finicking with a detailed painting, and you find yourself getting tired, my advice is STEP AWAY FROM THE PAINTING. Back off, and just walk away.
Instead, warm down by quickly doing another small sketch. Pick a reasonable size (6″ x 8 “) that you can do within 30-40 minutes. And then just go nuts and let the paint fly. (Who cares how it turns out?)
I like to do this towards the end of the art class. (I find I especially get in the “Zone” in the last 10 minutes, when people are packing up and getting ready to leave.) It drives some of my classmates nuts.
Here’s an example of one I did in just under 30 minutes:
Try it. You might surprise yourself. There are times I found my “Quickie” painting turned out better than my “Serious One”.
Not all of my paintings are “masterpieces”.
I did this one in art class a few years ago. After it was done, I realized that I had gotten the perspective of the house wrong, and my teacher agreed. And since this was watercolor, I couldn’t erase my mistakes. The painting was a dud.
To make matters worse, another student (who actually was a terrible painter) gleefully kept pointing out to the class that she knew my painting was wrong, that she told me so, again and again, but I wouldn’t listen to her, etc. etc. The woman just would not shut up.
I wanted to smack that witch, but I bit my tongue. Instead, I decided to set fire to my house. After all, I might as well get some amusement out of it.
Everyone loved the burning house, (except the witch, of course).