I was so excited recently when I recieved the rather brilliant gift of a week’s painting with Edward Wession expert Steve Hall, that I found a Wesson watercolour that I was particularly taken with and tried to emulate it.
At the time I felt quite pleased with myself… but I think this was in part due to feeling good just to be painting again after a period of watercolour dormancy! Anyway, feeling quite smug, I shared my effort on instagram and was delighted to receive a few likes – not to mention a very encouraging comment from the wonderful painter Thomas Schaller.
The longer I lived with this sketch however, the more objectively critical I became of it. The more I looked, the less I felt it was properly doing its job. Yes it’s a slightly derelict coastal windmill seen from the beach… but the shape of the beach, the sandbank running from left to right across the scene the sense of light and space, were all too vague for my liking. Then there’s the composition, a little too half and half between land and sky, and the windmill too central. The there’s the heavy handedness in the handling of the paint and the brush strokes… in fact, the more I looked, the less I enjoyed looking.
So, having felt I’d done my original inspiration a disservice – I felt compelled to try to correct at least some of the errors that marred my first effort. Overall, I tried to be a little more discriminating with my use of colour and brush strokes – and to try not to get so carried away with painting that it became over-worked.
I was pleased that I revisited this subject and feel much more satisfied with the outcome, which I think has a much greater sense of depth, and is much more descriptive and evocative that my original effort.
What do you think? Anyone prefer take one over take two? (I promise I won’t be offended!)