Been there, done that. Will I get it this time?
Michael James Smith is an absolute wonderful artist, but damn... I do not have the patience to paint in his style. I spent the last week studying his new painting videos and website. I blocked in one of his paintings using acrylic then threw it out. Acrylic does not blend for me so I added it to the heap. Then, I painted another block in on a 12 x 12 panel, in oil. So far, so good.
Painted the nondescript sky; check. Good so far. Then came the background trees... Even with my glasses on the dabs of paint were just way to small for me to deal with. It just looked like blobs of paint and did not look like branches, leaves, canopies, trunks, shadows, or anything to do with a row of trees. Utter crap. Crap, Crap, Mega Crap!
Liam; I am your grasshopper! You are my master and I have strayed. Forgive the clown that just does not seem to be happy with your ways.
Out of this whole negative journey I have learned a few things; which is good:
1) I got my setup headed in the correct direction. Thank you Michael!
2) If you have succeed at one form of painting then exhaust that style until you can do it in your sleep and is no longer a challenge.
3) For me, if a painting takes longer than two to three hours to paint I will fail. I do not have the aptitude for the small details required for realism. I "cannot" do realism. It is not in my personality.
Remind me in the future to stay the Liam course until I am tired of painting using his style.
Cue sera sera!