I’m not sure if it’s just me but I hate the idea of wasting materials. My most expensive sketchbooks are waiting until I’m “good enough” to fill them, I dip my paintbrush into tiny amounts of precious Daniel Smith watercolours, and I cannot make myself use an entire sheet of A4 watercolor paper at once. Maybe this is the curse of the beginner? I’m hoping to one day get over this hurdle and recklessly fill an A4 (or larger!) paper one day to create an actual finished piece.
For now I have been doing very small practice paintings on sheet folded into 4, so A6 size. They are quick and so fun to do. I get to try different techniques and see what works and just play with colour without fear.
My ultimate goal at the end of this year is to have produce at least 1 finished work that I could hang on the wall. I am in love with sketching and little practice paintings but I can’t say they are “finished”. Maybe this is a reflection of my own personality that I find this so difficult to do? Fear of commitment?
Any of you out there find it hard to work big? Or to create what you would call a “finished” piece? How do you approach a project like that?