Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Cotswold Chimney

As I explained in my last post, a couple of years ago I saw this chimney and it appealed greatly as a watercolour subject. Well, I've finally managed to paint it and it's proven to be an anti-climax. I imagine we're all the same with regards to getting satisfaction from our work - some pieces please us, and others we're not so sure about. For me, this is one of the others. I don't know why it is, but I didn't get an inordinate degree of pleasure from doing this one and I'm not very satisfied with the result. Could it be that the enjoyment of doing a piece has a bearing on how satisfying it is? It is quite remarkable to me that I found more satisfaction  from doing the 20-minute pen sketch, than this 3/4 hour painting. Oh well, 'tis done now ... onward and upward. ;-)

8 comments:

  1. It's a good one John, I still don't know how you get those lines so straight. I happen to like 'low key" paintings, so this one pleases me. ! BJ

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  2. I get that feeling from my work too John! I generally get more personal satisfaction from quick sketches than I do from some of my longer, bolder efforts. I think that's par for the course for me anyway:) Nethertheless, this is a lovely painting and you should feel very proud of it. It's skilfully drawn and painted and I love the Cotswold colours and the detail in that chimney especially!

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  3. Yes I'm the same John. If I have struggled with a painting, I'm never completely happy with it, even if it looks OK to everyone else. Somehow the painting process seems to be more important than the final result.

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  4. I can only really echo what everyone else has said. I like the painting - The colours are perfect and I love the brickwork on the chimney.
    My latest painting is far too awful to blog - So I'm hoping to come up with something quick, like a sketch instead. I am sure I will also enjoy it far more that I do my usual laboured attempts :0)

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  5. BJ, I can only draw straight(-ish) lines in one direction - LOL. Glad you like it, Thanks.

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  6. Michael, I'm glad to know it's not just me - LOL. Thanks for the nice comment.

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  7. Keith, I know what you mean about paintings we've struggled with. No matter how good the end result is, I'm never happy if it's been an effort.

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  8. Thank you very much Sandra. I can't believe you've done an awful painting - yours are always so perfect. Why not be brave and post it anyway and show everyone that it's ok to mess up from time to time. ;-)

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