Saturday, May 5, 2012

The forest and the trees

One is said he "can't see the forest for the trees" when he is focused on the detail rather than the big picture.

Here, I have been painting a lot of "trees." It is hard to see how it will be a cohesive painting, a "forest," when the multitude flamingos need to be painted almost one by one. Once I finish this mid-ground I can begin on the really fun birds in the foreground whose bright colors will carry the painting.

It is tempting to rush through this section but I know the painting would suffer if I did. To grab another timeless saying, "Slow and steady wins the race."

1 comment:

Peter Brown said...

A test of your mental toughness as much as your technical skills. I'm sure I'd fail the test!