Let’s Call This One A Learning Experience

I don’t know what happened to this one, you guys. I think maybe this canvas was haunted. I tried starting a painting last weekend, but just wasn’t into it. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to paint (for several hours), and I wound up just painting a stupid ugly background that was stupid and ugly…and background.

Anyway, in an effort to not be wasteful I decided I would try to use that same canvas this weekend – you know, the stupid ugly background one. The results aren’t great. But I’ll still document the process and maybe we’ll have a few laughs along the way and learn something at the end. Let’s do this!

Here is the stupid ugly background. First I painted a layer of stupid, then threw a layer of ugly on top of it.

Here is the stupid ugly background from last weekend. First I painted a layer of stupid, then threw a layer of ugly on top of it for good measure. It’s been sitting on the floor all week long mocking me.

 

I decided I would try drawing a vase with some flowers, Van Gogh style!

I decided I would try painting a vase with some flowers, Van Gogh style! I started with the dark base colors. I left a gap at the top of the vase intending to put a big flower there.

Added some highlights and leaves. I guess maybe I should have made these bigger. Most of it ends up getting covered.

Added some highlights and leaves. I guess maybe I should have made these bigger. Most of it ends up getting covered.

Dark base layer for the flowers. I wasn't using any reference photos or anything for this, so do keep that in mind.

Dark base layer for the flowers. I wasn’t using any reference photos or anything for this, so do keep that in mind.

Added a darker yellow layer on top of that.

Added a darker yellow layer on top of that.

Then a layer of brighter yellow. That flower on the bottom left...I don't know what's up with it. I was trying to paint it from a side perspective, but it's just all kinds of wrong. I swear to God I know what flowers actually look like.

Then a layer of brighter yellow. That flower on the bottom left…I don’t know what’s up with it. I was trying to paint it from a side perspective, but it’s just all kinds of wrong. I swear to God I know what flowers actually look like.

At this point I got too fancy for my own good. I tried adding some highlights to help the flowers stand out more against the stupid ugly background, but it just kind of ruined them.

At this point I got too fancy for my own good. I tried adding some highlights to help the flowers stand out more against the stupid ugly background, but it just kind of ruined them.

Finish off the flowers with the seed pod middle thingy. I probably could have done this better, but I admit I kind of sped through this painting. I should have spent more time working in some actual details. This might be the lesson that was hinted at earlier.

Then I finished off the flowers with the seed pod middle thingy (sorry to get all scientific there). I probably could have done this better, but I admit I kind of sped through this painting. I should have spent more time working in some actual details. This might be the lesson that was hinted at earlier.

And finally, I added in the big flower in the middle. I kind of wish it didn't cover up the top of the vase all the way. I also left it darker thinking I wouldn't make the same highlight mistake with this final one, and the painting would end up okay and everyone would want to be my friend. But I think now it just looks out of place. Still, life goes on. Slap a signature on that bad boy and call it a masterpiece.

And finally, I added in the big flower in the middle, and some leaves to try and hide that bottom left flower even though it doesn’t really make sense to have leaves there. Seriously, what the heck is going on with that flower!?
I kind of wish the big middle flower didn’t cover up the top of the vase all the way. I also left it darker thinking I wouldn’t make the same highlight mistake with this final one, and the painting would end up okay and everyone would want to be my friend. But I think now it just looks out of place. Still, life goes on. Slap a signature on that bad boy and call it a masterpiece.

So there you go. Definitely not my best effort, but an effort nonetheless. Also, I got a haircut this weekend, so I do have that going for me, which is nice. Asking price: $20,000. For the painting, not the haircut. I would never pay that much for a haircut. Don’t be ridiculous.

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