"What day is it...?"
That's not an unusual question for me to be asking these days.
I find that working for myself, from my home studio, means that things like the MLK holiday can really throw me off my game. As do the weekends, so I'm working on a way for me to respect/enjoy the notion of actual time off. As in, Away From The Easel. Far easier said than done.
Last week, a troupe of painters descended on our house, their mission being to remove all signs of the horrible ice damage we have from last years snow storms. It's been a revelation: our house looks amazing and it's spirit renewed. Clearing the furniture out of each room has been tough, but now that we have, I've sworn to only bring back the pieces I love. The fate of the rejects has yet to be decided.
Purging is good for the soul.
With all of this starting at 7am every morning, my days are long. I have been hard pressed to paint as much as I'd like, so I'm posting a work in progress. It's the bouquet of an especially lucky bride, one who had an especially gifted floral designer. If you happen to know of a bride-to-be who will have a bouquet that ought to be remembered, please send her my way. I can't tell you how much I love painting these beauties!
To be continued...
I don't know what it is about this field... I think this is the fourth time I've painted it.
Every time I learn a little something more, so if you're game- I'm game.
During a recent trip to Waitsfield Vermont, John and I stopped by to visit some old friends. This was the view that greeted up once our Subaru climbed up the mountain and stopped in their driveway. Not bad, eh?
(I refer to the view, not the painting!)
This painting is rather large, 24" x 36", which is why I'm giving it three days worth of time.. and it's still not finished.
The scene is a storm rolling in over Buzzard's Bay. Those swirling clouds were a lot of fun to paint, and before I declare it finished I'm going to revisit those!
It's been a challenge, all right.
It's not that I haven't been painting, it's just that I've been cleaning up the studio, organizing/ordering supplies, and setting up my schedule for the next 11 months.It's all of the above that's getting in my way.
I'll post this abstract, done on or about Day 15:
You know those days where the force just flows through your arm and right out the end of the brush? Today was not one of those days.
It took me a full 5 hours before even entering the studio to paint. In that time, I watched James Corden carpool with Adele, which only made me love each of them all the more. I caught up on ordering supplies, and organizing my calendar (and kept laughing to myself whenever I thought about James and Adele).
When at last I started to paint, I went bold. And got carried away with the reds, as you will see.
I couldn't resist trying one more time to reinterpret my painting from yesterday.
This is, I think, a good example of overworking a concept.
Working toward abstraction has it's limits... while trying to pare things down, it's easy to lose sight of your intention.
Here's my second shot at the Italian countryside.
Today marks what would have been the 100th birthday of my MIL. There are stories, legends actually, of the summer she traded the Cape house for a villa in Italy, on Lake Como.
That thought is what promoted me to paint this scene from the Italian countryside. It also makes me want to plan a vacation- the kind of vacation my family will still be talking about 50 years from now.
As it poured all day, my thoughts turned to brighter days. This loose color study is the starting point for a larger piece to come.
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