…Two people, that is, to create an artwork. One to bring it into existence and another to say “STOP” when it’s finished.
Have you ever taken a good drawing or painting too far and ruined it?
I’ve blown up several sketches over the past couple of days, but I DID draw or paint each day so far this year. All five days of it. And I am not ashamed to share a couple of watercolor pencil drawings/paintings.
Working from photos I took in my garden last May, these made me happy today:
Reference photo from May, 2016:
My water color version, January 4, 2017:
I liked this but went further with it. Looking at the version below, I wish I’d listened to that voice that said, Stop!
Final Calla Lily, January 4, 2017:
I am not sure the addition of the small leaf at top right adds anything to the composition, though I do like the more atmospheric areas around the flower and leaves and the darker values add drama.
I’m glad to have photos of both stages so that I did not lose what I liked about the first version.
Today, I drew from a different reference photo, also from May 2016:
My January 5 interpretation, in watercolor:
Callas are dramatic flowers and interesting to draw.
Years ago, I made jewelry and created many cloisonne enameled pendants featuring this flower. I sold them all but wish I had kept one. My original design sketches and photos of some finished pieces are tucked away somewhere. It might be time to review them and see what I can learn from them this year. I sense the need for another round of closet cleaning to find them. Oy!
However, for now, I am excited that new callas will emerge in my garden in a few months.
The days are already lengthening and I know that Spring is coming.