12 x 16 Oil Painting
by Pat Fiorello
Created a larger painting of the same scene from Monet's Garden shared the other day. I actually did this one before I did the small study ( which has already sold), but painted this using a totally different approach. I had a canvas which I had started a different painting on months ago. It had some dark shapes for glass bottles laid in but I never got around to finishing that scene and kind of lost interest in it, but had the underpainting on this canvas hanging around the studio, reminding me to complete it.
Rather than paint something I was no longer excited about, I decided to let go of that earlier direction and I repurposed the underpainting for something I was excited to paint. I went very dark with the underpainting for this and then pulled this sunlit garden scene out of the darks.
The lesson in this, better to paint what you are excited about than to complete something I started that my heart was no longer in. I am happy with how this painting turned out and relieved to be free of that unfinished canvas that I was making myself feel guilty about.
Unlikely that anything special or beautiful would come out of "should", but the odds are much better with what if.... or I can't wait to.... If you're not feeling a connection with your inspiration, it's time to move on.