|"A Natural Still-life" Oil on panel, 12 x 9 inches|
I know one should have a firm idea in place, a plan, or outline of what is to be done. At least that is what I have been told. And I often do know exactly what I plan to paint....but not always. In this case I had a textured panel all set for a landscape, and I started that way, (more than once).
I started a landscape did not like it, wiped it off, then started a seascape...really did not like it, and wiped off the sea. I decided I was just not in the mood for land or sea that day, but still felt like painting. I just finished Carol Marine's newest book and thought I would try one of her suggestions to paint forms thinking of them as islands. Painting by islands is basically to work from the middle out. So I started with the apple, then moved on to the vase and flower, planning to do the background last. Well I changed my mind when I saw how the still-life looked and fell in love with that sky behind it. In fact I think I see a future series here :)
Sometimes a change of mind is a good thing.