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    "Well, those three hours went nowhere!" [Spending a long time on the silly things.]

    Recently I got the task to do some wildlife paintings. I made a design mistake, and had to paint in a rocky coastline to correct it.

    I just stepped back a bit, and realized I spent about 3 hours painting rocks. Having tried a good few brushes, and many different corrections, and dumping nearly 2 hours of work at the end of it because I didn't like what it ended up looking like. (It was too plasticly, but unfortunately can't hint at detail because there is a camera track across it so I can't abstract it. (But I am skill limited as well. )

    Am I approaching this the right way? I haven't got much experience painting yet, so I don't expect it to be easy, and expect to go through a lot of revision, but when I spent so much time on something like this, I just feel I am doing it fundamentally wrong. Am I missing something very obvious?

    Sorry if this thread is superfluous. I've just feeling a bit bummed by this sort of thing more and more. :p

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    2 hours spent painting rocks is better than 2 hours spent playing video games. Now you're better at painting rocks.

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    I thought trial and error was all part of it. It includes spending a lot of time trying to fix things, and then realizing you failed....

    ...it's what you learn from the failures that help you improve. If everything was so effortless, I doubt many of us would even bother being an artist ( I believe we're honestly stimulated by the challenges presented to us).

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    It's better to go slow and get it right than to go fast, get it sloppy, and not learn from it. You didn't accept bad rocks so you spent more time on it. Nothing wrong with that.

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    I guess logically I know it's correct to take as long as possible; it's just the mental hurdle where you think "Well, no one else is having a problem with this, so why should I?" Which may not necessarily be true!

    Of course that's going down a slippery slope of negativity, but then again, I know that I have to sort out a lot of mental confidence stuff that's bogging me down.

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    Hmm, I guess that's why they say you should learn to fall in love with the process, if you enjoy the process of painting, it won't bother you so much anymore that you spent hours on rocks and didn't get anywhere with it.

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    I think even if you love something it can frustrate you if it doesn't work out the way you want to. I don't think I have to worry about that, I think, cause I love the technical side of it anyway.

    Thanks for the responses all, so far. It's nice to get a little bit of feedback even over small issues like this.

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    Although you haven't shown us what you achieved, I'm going to go out on a limb and assume you probably went in too quickly with details. Did you block in the big shapes first? If you don't have a solid underpainting that shows you where your big shapes and values fall, and you start painting in little rock details, it can be like wandering down a path in a swamp. You'll be lost.

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    I can't actually post it. It's for a research project that the uni is getting paid for, so there are 'actual' NDAs. Considering it's the first time anyone has asked me to do anything, I am taking it quite seriously, otherwise I would've put it up in a heart beat.

    But yeah, I guess that's why it went wrong as well.

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    Only 3 hours? I consider that a great success.

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