Tuesday, June 30, 2009
My photo reference is very poor. These are old oil cans that I discovered at Tom's parents' summer cottage last 4th of July. We are going back again this year, so I am going to take my paints and start over using the real cans. Plus, I will take better photos.
I am also going to look for a different Masonite board -- I'd prefer a squarer format, more like the boots that are 14x15. This board was 11 x 14. Need some more width.
Friday, June 26, 2009
14 x 15 Oil on Masonite
Session 1 - blocking it in - February-- before my Mom got sick
Session 2 - April -- a couple of hours of work
June -- This is when I started painting with Lin on her porch and spent two Mondays on it
Comparing it to my reference, this time in Black & White
Now -- it is still wet -- and still has problems, but I am going to stop.
I wasn't painting then. I was stuck and stressing about it. Now I am painting again -- and much happier in general-- and guess what the key was to getting unstuck and starting to paint again? More on that later, but I am interested in finding out why you like to create, too. So, please comment.
My reasons for painting:
a sense of adventure, going into the unknown, facing my fears, feeling connected with the world, seeing if I can do it, i.e., the appeal of learning to master a skill, the satisfaction of completing a project.
I find great pleasure in making something, creating something: meals, tablescapes, books, gardens, games, stories, plays, a macaroni-decorated cigar box for my father when I was five. I like to produce: A song for my brother's birthday. An elaborate scheme. A dinner party. A great Christmas for the kids. A play. Dancing! A needlepoint seat for the piano bench. Knitted hats for babies. An Amaryllis in the winter sun.
I like to make things up.
There aren't any rules. I can be me.
Tom suggested I paint something inspiring to me.
I once wrote:
--my creativity leads me to forgiveness and self-forgiveness.
--my creativity always leads me to truth and love.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I used to think that landscapes were about space --- creating a sense of depth. And movement through the use of composition and design. A unified color palette linking all of the elements, i.e., -- a color system that keeps the thing from becoming a mess.
Now I think that they are about connection.
About a sense of place, real or imagined.
They do have to be anchored, i.e., rooted by good drawing and use of perspective; otherwise, they become clumsy and artificial.
But, my current thinking is to focus on creating a connection and planning my landscapes more carefully rather than just painting what I see. If I feel connected to it, then maybe other people will. I don't know.
I am going to put on my storyteller's hat and see what happens.
But, I still want the surface to be interesting and memorable. And the colors have to be beautifully appropriate. After all, that's why paint instead of photograph landscapes. I love to mix the colors and push the paint around in ways that surprise me.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
On Mondays, I have started painting again with a friend on her enclosed back porch.
It is hard to get back in the swing of it. It would be easier if I wouldn't stop painting for such long periods.
Here's what I have to show so far.
Still not satisfied with them, but I am making progress.