Playing is a vital part of creativity. Remove the expectation and just see what happens. I am enjoying that with my melaleuca paintings. Laying down washes and then exploring, looking for shapes and tones that I can enhance to build up the image.
Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. And sometimes there are only parts that I like. Part of the freedom of playing is that I am learning to chop up the paper, to define what I like. It happened with this painting.
I was working on three different elements — the seed capsules, done in pencil; a close up of the tree; the background stand of trees. The latter two were done in watercolour washes. It took me a while to realise that the composition was the problem. The focal point is the middle section, where there is the white of the background and the not so convincing trunks of the tree. It is the negative space between the tree trunks that you are looking at.
Besides the tree reminded me of a three headed hydra. So, carrying the metaphor further, I chopped the hydra in half!
That gave me a smaller, but more satisfying painting. I have worked my way into the washes, especially in the bottom part, to create the canopies of the bushes. It is clearer to see with a mount to remove other distractions.
And a close up of the lower part.
It also leaves me with another little painting to work on, maybe.