I finally wised up and started a test for my mission painting. I was trying to teach myself to paint and create a finished piece in the same painting, and it wasn’t working for me. Now I have a place to test out ideas without the worry of ruining what I’ve started.
What I like? The high contrast, the amber highlights on the adobe against the blue sky, and the highlights on the bell.
What I don’t like? The dark, muddy brown wall, and the crooked/blurry cross (which was just an afterthought and not part of the test).
The mission is actually white, but I really like the amber. So do I stick with realistic colors, or go for bold? I have a bad habit of being uber-realistic and literal, so my gut says I need to go for bold. Decisions…..