It’s fascinating how putting a little distance between you and your subject changes the way you see it. Of course, I’m familiar with the rule that you should occasionally stand back and look at your work from the other side of the room, and also know that it’s too easy to get caught up in tiny details… then you lose the ability to view things objectively and can often only see the things that are bugging you.
However, it’s only since working on this challenge that when I’ve put work aside I’ve then had to immerse myself in other painting projects in order to create the next day’s blog post. I’m a bit surprised to find that this clears your head very effectively, I suppose in a way it’s a bit like cleansing the palate between different food or wines.
So, we’ve been adding leaves to our Chinese roses today, and after not looking at all for a week the blossom looks much better than I remember, and with foliage it’s better still – another lesson learnt: guard against focusing on a single element in isolation. The petals are still as wonky as they were last week, but it’s harder to see this when you take the composition as a whole.