I’ve pretty much been avoiding landscape paintings like the plague. I don’t know if anyone’s noticed that but it’s definitely true. It’s not because I don’t like landscapes. I actually love them. They used to be pretty much all I would paint when I was younger. For some reason I just find them intimidating now though.
It started out alright. At first it was just a matter of focusing on the areas where I was weakest. I never really learned how to draw people and animals properly so that was what I wanted to focus on improving. As I worked on that though, my landscape drawing pretty much fell to the wayside. I think I’ve been slowly improving with animals and people, even full figures to some extent. I’ve been tending to leave out or minimize the backgrounds though because I haven’t practiced my landscape drawing at all.
Today when I was perusing Something to Draw as usual, looking for a new subject, I came across a beautiful photo of a windmill submitted by Juan Miguel. I hesitated. I loved the photo and immediately wanted to draw it. That was my first response. That however was immediately followed by a long list of reasons not to. I don’t really know how to draw clouds. It seems complicated. I’m no good at drawing buildings. It looks suspiciously like a landscape. The windmill is white. I don’t like painting white things. I almost skipped the photo about five times as I argued with myself.
In the end though, I decided to just throw caution to the wind for once. The part of me that just really wanted to take a stab at painting that windmill won out. I’m glad it did. I won’t pretend that this is a masterpiece. There are definitely things that I got completely wrong and areas I need to work on. Still, it’s not even half as bad as I was expecting it to be. I’m glad that I didn’t let my fears of screwing it up get in the way of making the attempt. After all, that’s the whole point of this. I have to try things that seem too difficult if I’m going to learn.