So I did manage to do some painting over the holidays, but it’s mostly been a time of trying new things and hoping that although it might be not quite right right now — chuckle — it might lead to good things in the future! Right?
And of course, being me, none of the ones I worked on are finished!
The one above is very big, 30″x40″. It really pushed me. I’ve always been a fast painter but that’s gradually changing as I work bigger and bigger. I still work fast but there’s so much more to work! That throws me off a bit because when I’m painting I get my head into it and when I have to stop, whether it’s because life is calling or because my attention span has evaporated, I don’t get back into a painting easily. I dream of days when I can devote a whole day to painting although I’ll have to work on that attention span. I’ve got so much less patience than I used to , but you know what? I was thinking about this yesterday and I’ve had a lot of things in my life where I had to be extremely patient so maybe I’ve just used it all up. Why beat myself up over it?
I had a lot of fun painting this and want to get back to it. It’s a bit too busy right now. My eye freaks out a bit when I look at a lot of it, especially those doors and windows which need to settle down. But that’s OK. I knew I wasn’t finished. I think I need to let go and take a few risks to really turn it into a great painting.
This one was fun. Also big, 24″x24″. I started on the left side and thought it felt like curtains and went from there. Not like me to not work from a photo. Those window panes changed number and placement a LOT! And you know what? It’s not done! I think there might be a few more reworks on the right side but I do like the left. I think I have to take what I learned there back to the big painting above. Right?
I had fabulous sophisticated and intriguing titles running through my mind painting this, but didn’t of course write them down. I guess that’s OK. If it’s right it will wander back into my mind hopefully.
I worked on a few oldies to, but won’t post them yet. One is at an awkward stage, sigh, and the other one felt like a breakthrough as I worked it, I really felt like I was changing it and refining it a lot, but when I compared it to the original it was… um …. subtle. Huh.
So all in all I don’t feel like I really burned up the easel but as I say, maybe it’s all in there circling.