“Try flipping the canvas too. That works for me sometimes” said Dan.
I flipped the canvas, and felt an elephant lift from my shoulders. It already looks a lot better.
The dinosaur painting I’ve been working on reached a crashing point when I realized that I was having a major composition issue. There were tangents, there were important objects getting lost in space, and was T-Rex grilling? Did I need to have all the other dinosaurs doing picnic activities too? Oh my gosh, how did this cute idea turn into such a monster?
If you are one of the people who learn best by doing, you’ll understand that while this is frustrating, it’s a really exciting process. Every difficult painting that highlights “What the heck is this? Didn’t you ever hear of perspective? Why are those lines touching! Tangent violation! AAAH!!” It’s not the end of the world. If I never made a mistake, I’d never improve. I just gotta finish it.
For the last couple of days, I worked on this little girl feeding a dinosaur to help get my head in a good dinosaur place for the dinosaur picnic.