This will be the hardest day of November to do art - but I'm determined to stick with AEDM, even though I started late. This is my contribution, completed the day before, as I've been posting late for the following day. It's tomorrow's post that will be hard to create.
Actually, I had Wednesday off from work, to relax a little before the family gatherings of the next few days. I painted almost all day, and this was the result. It's 24 x 18, watercolor.
I was completely lost fifteen minutes into this painting. It made no sense, I could not get the birds to look like anything but faded flat cut-outs, the colors were all at war... I struggled for two hours in the dark. Then a few things started to make some sense. The birds popped when I painted their eyes, and then I could see what else to do. It's really weird sometimes how just a tiny bit of white (like the unpainted eyes) can make the whole thing confusing to me. There were still lots of struggles, with the trees, with grays, which I needed more here than usual, and I'm not at home with them, yet. I needed them because of the setting for the elopement that is the subject of this painting - it was a beautiful, but dark, building in San Francisco. And I wanted the bright birds to have the strongest role, so I used warm grays behind them - like the shadows of the building where they exchanged their vows.
I wish the composition were different in some ways - but this was an important day's work for me - I learned several important things (primarily 1. I can struggle through a long lost period and then get a clue and follow it out, and 2. the way I drew the shapes left the wrong kind of decisions for the painting phase on a painting of this kind - it would have been OK for another subject, but it gave me fits in this one).
It may be finished - I'm sure I'll find a few things to tweak. And I'm not sure about the tree over the left bride... Might be too odd. It wouldn't be hard to change.
My inner artist placed four symbols of the brides in here, counting the bridal veiled birds, of course. And, naturally, there are small fish (they don't count, but my children will look for them).