Yesterday, I promised to reveal a secret about the oranges, the Doodlewash dinner painting that I posted earlier this week. Here it is: I didn’t paint it! My daughter painted it in oils in her senior year of high school during a 30-minute painting exercise. She had a great teacher the first three years of high school, but during her senior (final) year, not so much. The instructor did a great job of teaching the mechanics, but she was quite demoralizing, and highly critical of her students’ work. This affected my daughter’s choice of major in college, and it took her an extra year to find her way back to art and design.
All of my friends here give such generous feedback, and I wanted her to have a chance to see those comments on one of her paintings. I did not want you to be swayed in any way by knowing it was her work. So, I want to thank you most sincerely for your enthusiastic support. She very much appreciated all of your comments, as do I. I also want to thank the truly great teaching professionals out there. There are so many of you who give so generously of your time and talent, putting your heart and soul into the classroom every day. The value of a good teacher can not IMO be overestimated!
My question for you on this painting (4×6″ on cotton stretched, wrapped canvas) is: Should I paint over it? I feel like I beat it to death. It started out as one thing and became something else, which is usually a good sign, in my experience. However, I think I should have stopped a long time before I actually did. Your thoughts and constructive criticism are most welcome! Thanks and have a wonderful weekend!