Lynne Hurd Bryant Art Blog
This painting is a bomb, but not a total bust. Artists are not perfect and we make mistakes, some we can fix and many we can't. As long as we learn from our "bombs" they have a place.
This painting was doomed from the start. The photograph I used was lovely, but rather lacking in a defined light source. I made matters worse with color choices that clearly didn't work. I let the pigment "break" and I got the background entirely too dark, entirely too soon in the process. The branches are not light enough on the lit side. However...
The leaf shapes at the center top are about the prettiest and most interesting I have ever painted. That dark background gave me a chance to experiment. I lifted out color in interesting leaf shapes, a technique I will use again. The apple on the left looks more round than the others and I know how I accomplished that, so I can repeat it.
The week I bombed this piece I bombed another piece as well. The other is a landscape and not a total loss either as I can compensate for the foreground that is not as strong as the rest of the painting. It is of Monument Valley and the rock formation in that piece is lovely. Two bombs in 2 days? Terrible? No, I don't think so.
My bombs are usually the result of experimentation, as was the case with these two. I also know that a bomb (or two)is, for me, the precursor of something incredible. That something wonderful is the Lily Pad on my website. I under painted both of these bombs, but had learned enough that Lily Pad was made exceptional by this technique.
A bomb is an artistic step backward, but it is often so that we can have a running start to jump a higher hurdle in a single bound. Bombs have a place and I celebrate this one.