It took about 2 months to complete this small painting, doing a little at a time each day. I was finding it hard to get back into things as a stay at home/work from home Mom. I decided to get my butt to my table and start small.....with an intricately difficult subject matter.. who does that?!
I enjoyed taking my time and truly observing that which I wanted to replicate. Here is the progression.
Start of very light, making sure to leave white spaces for light.
Build up the colors & values slowly and carefully.
I zoomed into the reference photo (a wet leaf on my steps) and worked in sections.
It's easy to get lost in the tiny water drops and panic a little, but take a breath and focus on each drop if you have to.
Be sure to walk away when it's vibrant and whole. It's so hard sometimes to walk away, because we're never really satisfied.
I feel like I walked away at the perfect time, I'm actually happy with this finished piece.