An off day (and why I hate them)

So in all honesty I was hoping I wouldn't experience one of these so early on in my blogging journey, but hey ho what can you do?! I did think about skipping this painting altogether but this blog is about being totally honest and sharing my experiences as a plein air painter; the highs as well as the lows. 

 'On the corner of Three Gates Lane' 8x14"

'On the corner of Three Gates Lane' 8x14"

If you are a painter yourself, you will know how it feels when a painting doesn't go as well as you had hoped. It mars your day and can really knock your confidence - you're only as good as your last painting. You wish you hadn't bothered and banish said painting to the naughty corner. Now, today's painting isn't my worst and there are elements within it that I do like. For example, the shadows on the road and the brushwork on the side of the building. However, the bad outweighs the good. I don't think my mixing was as accurate as I would like and that means the composition looks a little unreal and lacks harmony. 

Today I had limited time but because I hadn't painted since Saturday and the sun was out for the first time this week, I decided to just head out and find something to paint in the time that I had. Sometimes this works and I come up with something totally unexpected that I'm happy with. But today it was very windy (I didn't check that part of the forecast) and I settled for a scene that was nice enough but didn't have the magic. So a few lessons learned...don't head out to paint just because you think you should and don't settle. I should have knocked the painting session on the head and gone to Caracoli for a nice coffee instead. Hopefully the next session will be a better one.

 My spot and set up

My spot and set up