Thursday, October 15, 2009

When Will I Learn?

The lady with the pet food shop who stocks my notecards asked for some cards with bunnies. So I painted this bunny on a paper with a laid texture and it came out awful. The texture was impossible to cover and I'm not one of those who like to see a prominent texture in a painting. Well, I do like it from some artists but it doesn't fit with my style and I don't like it for my work. It's even worse for paintings that will be printed as the texture seems even more obvious.

So, this will be a do-over on a support I like to work with!

I know, I know - why did I even choose the paper to begin with? Well, my wonderful husband took me to Jerry's Artarama on Sunday as I needed a few things for my next commission. I really hate to drive in Raleigh so I was really blessed that he took the time to drive me. Anyway, I got the supplies I needed then happened to see that they had some paper by Strathmore on sale. It said it was made from hemp and "post consumer waste fiber" and, hey, it's good to be green, isn't it? And, besides, I like trying new things. Well, this paper isn't quite as bad as the Tiziano fiasco but I think I've learned my lesson about buying something new even if it is on sale! Fortunately, it wasn't expensive which is why I used it for the rabbit in the first place. If I'm painting something specifically for a card or other reproduction, I don't always use my favorite supports. Perhaps I need to start!

OK, chalk it down as another lesson learned!

9 comments:

Teresa said...

But Jan! I read your post and thought, "This bunny looks good to me". Hmmm.... perhaps I'd better take a closer look to see what Jan's talking about. So I clicked to enlarge the picture... and it's beautiful! If this is a "do-over" may I have many of them!

Jan said...

You're always so kind and encouraging! I should have posted an enlarged section as it does look pretty good in that small size but the squares really show up when it's full-size or enlarged. The pastel looks broken and incomplete & not at all attractive.

Laura Barber-Riley said...

I like him too! You never know, the paper could have ended up being the best stuff ever, always worth trying new things, especially if they are on sale! :-) That's what I tell myself anyway when I regret a purchase lol!

Jan said...

Thanks for stopping by Laura! Yes, I will probably always be a sucker for a new support on sale! And, who knows, as you say I may find one I really like !

"JeanneG" said...

I think the bunny is adorable. You can send him hopping my way.

Teresa Mallen said...

The bunny is absolutely adorable. Great job - despite dealing with the bumpy surface. I can see what you mean about the texture, especially in the background. I am sure the 'do-over' will be fabulous!!

Dors said...

Well I too think this little bunny is adorable and I love the BG too.. Bunny looks so soft and realistic.

Great job.

I too have to try all the new supports...

Vic said...

Hi Jan.....had a look at the Bunny and to be honest I think it is great.....I can see what you mean about the texture, but I think that adds to it... I am sure the shopowner will agree.

sue said...

Hi Jan
I haven't been on Blogger for a few days so just catching up ... but I too love your bunny - can't see a thing wrong with it :o)