Remember this sweet little green girl?
Well, I've been trying to paint her this past week.
Actually, I made four attempts. They are in order left to right. The sad part is, the very first one was the best! I should have stopped there, I suppose. But, in the interest of full disclosure, and because for some strange reason I felt the need to share my failures as well as my successes, here they all are. Each has something good in it, but I couldn't quite seem to pull all the elements together into one nice painting. I think I bit off more than I can chew at this stage in the learning process. I can pull off each individual element respectfully, but I just can't put them all together. I found trying to make shadows and trying to paint the background in around the anole's body the hardest part to get right.
So, I tried. I really did. But now I am ready to move on. Maybe I just need a little time and distance from this effort, and I can maybe revisit it again in the future. For now I have made notes on the back of each one and numbered them and will file them away.
All my life I have had the attitude (I don't know why!) that if I want to do something, I should just be able to go and do it and do a good job of it. For most things, this has worked out reasonably well, and I am thankful for that. But art is something else entirely. It is teaching me patience and persistence - two qualities I have in very short supply! It is going to take a lot of practice - a lot of work I know. I love making art, but it does not come easily to me. And when things don't come easily to me, I usually walk away - move on to something else. But, I love it, and so I will keep coming back and trying again.
Thank you all for sharing this journey with me!