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!

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Comment by Pauline Donohoe on June 25, 2011 at 12:02pm
Hi Arlene I'm similiar to you in that I can never decide whether to focus on doing all the details or to try and just do a impression.  I .m reading lots of books, finding out what different mediums do and what papers seem work best with them.  I get enthusiastic about doing lots of different things but cant get clear on what approach to take or what medium so this seems to block me from doing anything.  Tommorrow I have decided to start the day with the colouring in of a mandela to get some focus and then see where I go from there.  Happy drawing. Pauline
Comment by Arlene Toth on June 27, 2011 at 4:48pm
It doesn't matter what or how you start Pauline, as long as you start something!  Right now, I am doing a lot of fruit and flowers as they are handy.  They can either be complicated or simple.  It is good to try everything and see what works best for you.  Make notes of the paper you use and take photos.  Eventually, you won't have to do that and can just get on with things because you will have worked out what you like.  Happy Painting!
Comment by Pauline Donohoe on June 28, 2011 at 2:16am
Hi Arlene, thank you for your support. I'm in fact going to sit down after I get off the internet right now and do some art work. I'm going to work on a mandala.  You are exactly right. It is a matter of just drawing.
Comment by Pauline Donohoe on June 28, 2011 at 2:20am
Hi Arlene, thank you for your support. Today I'm going to do a mandala to start with and not think about what is next. I want to be really focussed. I feel I will progress better if I do that.  You are so right. Jus tdraw anything you like and what is around you. Usually they are things you like.  I've been making some notes but am a bit disorganzed. I've resisted spending too much time organizing as I find it distracts me. lol.  Finding balance, the middle way is the way to.  Have a great day Arlene. Pauline

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