the promised landscape poll result painting
10" x 14" watercolor (detail)
Finally, here is the landscape that won the 'what should I paint next?' poll a few months ago. Still a work in progress at this point, but coming along.
I've only ever painted one other landscape and it was a big, huge, ugly disaster. So I approached this one with more than a little fear.
But, once I started painting, the fear left and I realized that it's not the subject that was scary, but the idea in my heart that I would fail. Again.
It reminded me that it doesn't really matter what your subject is, a portrait, flower, horse, or even a landscape, what matters is how you see your subject.
Harley Brown said, "I don't know the first thing about a horse's hind end, but I can draw it. A cowboy, or an artist, or anyone, can look at my drawing and say, 'That Harley really knows his horses!'
I don't know horses. I just know how to observe a horse.'"
The man is truly a genius. :)
This is what I tell myself when I'm trying to think myself out of the fear of failure at the easel:
All it takes to remove the fear when you approach your next work is your ability to observe. You are an artist! You know how to observe! You've done it millions of times.
Stop overthinking it.
Stop worrying about that barn and field and just paint what you see. It's really just a rectangle and some abstract shapes.
You can paint that. Because you are an ARTIST.
Now, dear friends, you must tell me. . .
Am I the only one that gives themselves motivational pep talks?
Sure hope not.