I’ve talked for YEARS about not quitting on your art too soon. i’m often tempted to as well – “oh dang, this one’s dead!” But sometimes I’m reminded that just continuing can make a big difference. Once in a while, the painting is saved, too! 


Tutorial: Don’t quit on your painting too soon!

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

The good, the bad, and the ugly

Things had started well. The tigress came along, colors and fur textures were working. I had decided to scrap the masking fluid as I could see it was simply going to look clunky and need repaired anyway. But the rest was good….just in need of a background.

I won’t say I didn’t let out a huge yell when things went sideways with the background. I was trying to balance the values; in the photo reference there was a highly contrasting and complex jumble of forest, but I wanted something simpler that would lead to putting the focus solidly on the tigress. 

Yes the temptation to give up was palpable. Nothing would have made me feel better than to shred the paper into pieces! But I resisted, and decided to see just what would happenif if more layers were added over the failed bokeh. Then the idea of tree silhouettes popped into my head. Had I given up early, I’d have missed out on even having that idea! Normally if there were not so many layers, that option wouldn’t come up.

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1 Comment

  1. June from Minnesota

    This tiger is AMAZING!
    Thank you for sharing your thought process because your background turned out perfectly.


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