I went out yesterday and tried to sketch but it was too hot. So I took snaps of what appeared to be interesting compositions, but they turned out to be boring when viewed out of context. I tried manipulating the photos, but nothing turned out well.
Plan B is always the Internet, and I ran across a site featuring several Charles Reid sketches. I decided on what appeared to be an easy one, but it actually turned out to be very difficult. So I put the pencil aside and just painted what I saw. That didn’t work either. Colors wrong even if they are identical to Reid’s. And my subject looks like he has peanut butter stuck on the roof of his mouth or maybe he was stung by a bee on the lip. Wrong light? Wrong saturation? Wrong everything.
Some days I just can’t paint.