This title came to me out of the blue. I was looking for something to relate to “round”. Lot’s of round going on here. I kept thinking the title sounded familiar. Asking myself, “Where have I heard that?”
After much thinking, it came to me. It’s the opening song in Love Actually. I have watched that movie more times than I can count. A quick search, and I learned the original is by The Troggs. There’s my learn something new for today.
I had never heard their version.
This painting did not come together as effortlessly as Day 9. Naturally. I was trying too hard. You know I have run into that many times. Instead of using subtractive painting, the background went down first. I thought a light color would better show the green. I am not sure it worked.
My flower shapes are not as loose and organic as yesterday’s. And I think I overdid the splatter. The lavender shows much lighter in person. It was the first to go on and I felt that I needed the spots to be deeper, so I added more colors. And more and more. I may go back in and delete some digitally.
The vase has scratch marks, that barely show. I used three different colors. One appears lighter, and one appears much darker on the white porcelain palette, but they are all basically the same value. HUH? At some point, I decided to scrub out some of the base vase (LOL) color, and it left just a hint of darker edge. WHICH I think gives a subtle impression of shadow and form.
Also on the vase, I used two texture sheets to add large dots, and small dots, but again, that was a value fail. I covered my mistake with a lighter shade, the same flesh tone that is in the background. I used a stylus to apply the paint, and I LOVE how the dots turned out. There are different sizes. I dipped in paint, and then made dots until the paint ran out.
The blooms are all basically the same value. Another value fail. I could go back in with some white, or add some pen outlines, or add darker blooms…
So maybe I should say this is a work in progress. I will set it aside and see what comes to me.
Thinking also that the lines on the table should be covered in black pen.
Having said all that, I like this piece. I would hang it as is. Looking at it from four feet away, the splatter is not nearly as invasive.
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