Negative painting is easy in concept – paint dark paint around a lighter object – but hard (for me at least) to put into practice. You can see what I mean above – the light trunks are depicted by darker colors painted on either side of them.
The one above is the simplest, and nicest. In the upper flowers, I found myself shaping the orange of the Peruvian Lily into the yellow above it to create the shape of the flower. The same with the darker colors against lighter ones.
Below, a gallery of what I did the other morning – most are rubbish, but the concept is what I was working on, not producing a beautiful painting for all to enjoy!
Painting requires practice, as does anything you wish to master. It can be rewarding and frustrating as hell. The key is to be aware that progress is made with each step, even if you don’t see it or feel it. It oozes into your brain and muscle memory.
Ooze, ooze, ooze.