I thought I got over my perfectionist issues. I am generally more of a 'Big Picture' sort of person. The details usually sort themselves out while I keep my eye on the bigger perspective of life. Especially as you never know how things are going to get done, anything could happen.
Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be the case for me as far as my drawing and painting is concerned. The weird thing is, I like working on the details! However, I need to learn my limits.
When doing a sketch, of flowers let's say, I love putting in everything I see. Sometimes I get it right and sometimes I don't. I love working in pastels when doing a still life. I love working on the colour and shading. For some reason, when I try to do it with paint, it doesn't really work.
Remember, I am still new to this drawing and painting lark! I am still finding my way. I am wondering if it is normal of all artists to start out this way. Does everyone try to get what we see exactly right, or do most people happily settle for an impression?
When drawing a nude, I like to get the essence of the person and try to keep the lines very simple, like Matisse! Maybe he really wasn't very good at drawing nudes to life and so came up with just doing the shape as best as he could and developed his style.
I am still trying to find out what is best for me and what I can do with everything to hand. I am reading loads of books on the different medium and how to use them. I try to paint or draw something everyday.
On Monday, I painted 2 pictures of tulips in a vase. The first one had detail in the flowers as I saw them. I wasn't happy with it as it didn't quite turn out the way I wanted. I loved the background though, just not the actual flowers. So, I decided to keep things simple and just focus on the shapes. Although the image is more flat, I actually prefer it as I used a lot of hard body paint for texture. Because I knew what I was going to do, I actually enjoyed myself more while doing it. It seemed that less was more in this case. I will be doing another one, with even less! And will probably try it in pastels.
I have already decided that I don't want to work towards realism or photo realism. I just want people to look at my work and say, 'yes, that is a bowl of fruit or vase of flowers or bunch of asparagus. I love the colours.' Note the fruit and veg theme. It is what I have handy in my house!!
Maybe pencil work is great for details and other medium for less is more?! Oh, what a wonderful journey it is finding your art! Stay tuned!