In the case of In-Depth, I always have to remind myself “quality over quantity.” My progress is slow but steady. However, I know that in the end, speeding up my painting can potentially ruin my hard work. Over the past two weeks, I’ve already met up with my mentor Grace twice, for a total of 4 hours. I always have to focus extremely hard during my two hour sessions each week because I don’t have any materials at home to paint. The paint I’m using at Grace’s house is very expensive acrylic paint, not to mention that her brushes are all very fine for detailed work. On my first week, I spent nearly 10 minutes just trying to pick out something to paint. I always tend to be very delusional when picking images, as I find it to be what can “make” or “break” a painting. Most of that two hour session that first week consisted of me painting the background a deep orange rustic colour. I find that painting the background was the hardest process for me since I have trouble smoothing out the paint perfectly on a flat plain. On my second week, I proceeded to paint my flowers. The flowers are extremely hard as there are certain details that may seem small, but actually change how the flower looks if not painted properly. A simple flower that looks only yellow with a hint of green turned out to be painted with over 20 shades of hues. I would use colours such as purple to create the shadows in the flower, or even blue to show a fold in the flower. During that session, I painted two flowers and I hope to paint two more by the end of next week. Grace has been very helpful letting me know which areas of a flower need shadows, what colours to incorporate, and certain techniques with brush strokes. I also asked Grace how long it may take to finish one painting. She said that it could take up to a month for each, sometimes longer if I decide to paint on a large canvas. This means I will probably have to buy some paint in the upcoming months in order to paint at home. I’m very set on meeting my goal of 5-6 paintings by the end of May, and therefore putting some extra money into this shouldn’t be a huge problem.
How to agree:
Agreeing with my mentor is not hard at all considering I value her opinion a lot. I understand that she’s the one with more art experience than me, therefore, I will make sure to take in her advice over what I think is right. There are times when I’m painting and I don’t know what colours are used to produce a certain look. Grace will always come in and give me suggestions, such as adding blue and purple to the shadows of my flower. Although it sounded outrageous the first time she mentioned using those colours, I would try it before complaining. It just so happened, those colours were perfect in blending the yellow and the dark yellow shadows.
How to disagree:
Grace and I are very similar, therefore we don’t disagree much. The only thing we do disagree about is my obsession with perfecting every little thing on my painting. I understand that it may be impossible to fully cover each white spot on the canvas, but that is also one of my pet peeves. I try as hard as I can to perfect everything and sometimes that actually confuses me during my process. I pay so much attention to something small, and forget to focus on the main focal points in the painting. Grace always tells me that I should just focus on finishing the painting and then we can go back and “edit” the painting later.
How to differ:
Grace and I get along very well. However, we do have different styles of painting. I like my paintings to be “perfect” in a sense. On the other hand, Grace loves being able to see the brush strokes because she finds that very artistic. She understands that I may not like the same style as her, and teaches me how I prefer to paint. This comes down to her personal preferences and mine. In the future, I may try her technique, but for now we will compromise and do a bit of both.
Thank you for reading and here is my progress on my painting: