|A View of the Cosmos, oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches|
Yep I studied the Cosmos and learned something today. This is my week to share simple painting mistakes. I paint a lot so I make a lot of mistakes. I thought writing about them as soon as they happen would be fun to do, might give you a chuckle or two.
While walking around my garden this morning spotted a couple of cosmos flowers that had popped up between my bean plants. Loved the color and how delicate they looked so I picked one and brought it in to paint. Being so excited about the new little subject, I put it in a cup and started a painting. I got one small painting done, went on to do a second painting. As I was painting noticed my flower on the canvas seemed much larger than the actual flower.
Thought that was strange but kept painting. Next I noticed the distinctive pointed edges of the flower had just disappeared. Well, here is my mistake for the day: if you pick a flower to paint, remember to put it in water! Yep I stopped and added some water to the cup and what do you know, my flower uncurled and came right back to life.
Three done, off to add a 4th. Using an 18 x 24 canvas pad for these little studies, the ones I like will be cut and matted and listed later on to Daily Paint Works.