Diane Mannion, Light Catcher, 12x9" oil on linen
Don't Give Up!
This started as a class project and almost ended as a wipeout! After demonstrating how to simplify composition into a few areas for massing, had artists go outside and collect thumbnail sketches and notes. These would be turned into a small study, mostly from memory back in the classroom. I attempted the same project... along with my iphone camera! Also suggested students take a snapshot if they wished to finish the painting later.
Managed to get a first stage block-in for the class demo without using photo reference, planning on wiping it out later. But there was something intriguing about the light. Sometimes, it becomes a learning experience to see if a painting can be saved. Next day, working with photo reference, I rescued this painting from the wipe-out rag.
I often see students give up too soon. Perhaps, it's resistance to breaking through to a new skill level... growing pains.
Don't give up too soon. Give it time. Be gentle with your creative self.