It is taking me a while to get back in the groove, though. Worked on 3 paintings Monday night, with no resolution on any of them. Did this one last night, though I am considering some color changes here and there. Temporarily then, here it is.
I do have an overall plan for this little body of work, but I never know really where each painting will go, once I get going. Which is, of course, part of the fun of the process.
I do particularly like this one, even if it is a bit blocky. Thinking of the word “fresh” when choosing a palette.
This was sort of a throw-away, trying to use up the mixed paint on my palette from another painting I’m working on this week, and painted on an old unsuccessful canvas from last year, scraped and sanded down. Complete with a bit of moth-wing at around 3 o’clock, 2 inches in.
Getting back in the swing of things, I think (and it feels SO good!). Here’s #2 for the year.
I haven’t been this happy in about 6 months! Painting is better than just about anything. And I’m pretty happy with everything else, yet almost all the rest of it just does NOT compare!
I survived my annual major existential crisis in the studio Sunday night. Yes, I could — and did — finally get back into my studio. Yay!
With the help of lots of looking and reading art stuff, I decided to try again to begin a small daily painting routine. This time, I may focus primarily on color relationships and the shape of colors (ala Patrick Heron’s 1975 essays: “Color is Paint” and “Brushwork is Spatial” in the volume “The Colour of Colour”). I was thinking of much more while working on this. Who knows what other things may enter into my thinking/creating process?
Oh, yeah, and I switched back to oils from acrylics. YES! Luscious, luscious oils. Here’s the first one, perhaps overconfidently titled “Daily Painting 2014-001.”
I usually consider that spring has arrived when our neighbor’s gorgeous saucer magnolia tree blooms, and that happened about February 7th this year — a bit early, I think. That’s also usually the same time that the redbuds start to bloom, and they bloomed beautifully, but now the blooms are gone. I didn’t even take any pictures of those this year, for no good reason(!).
But it has seemed to be cooler this spring than other years of late, and I know some of you have still been getting some snow! So, in celebration of a gorgeous spring for everyone (in this hemisphere), here’s another new painting.
OK, so most of them are small or very small little watercolors on paper. I am trying to do one every day, but sometimes, the larger works (and life, too) consume me completely. Still, I find doing one of these almost every day to be a very good exercise. I have to keep finding new images, new arrangements, new palette choices to put on paper. Invention happens. 🙂