Field of Cows
8 x 10 Oil on Panel
Well, I didn't get the still lifes done as hoped by Dec 15. (I don't know why I put the pressure on myself, in retrospect. Do artificial deadlines ever really work?) So, I still have to finish those.
But, I did make this little painting--- as an experiment---which I think turned out pretty well. Unlike the still lifes, I decided to "attack" the painting, and get it done in only one session, do or die. AND, I painted it from a photo on my iPad, which kept going to sleep on me. I was forced to paint quickly-- with bigger shapes ---with less detail. The panel was toned a medium green underneath, which really helped.
I had watched a video recommended by a friend where the artist used the word "attack" about 10 times in his description about how he worked. He really pushes himself to finish a passage completely in one session. But he also lets himself have a couple of attempts at it, scraping down what may not be working, if necessary.
Attacking your painting sounded too aggressive when I first heard it, but now I understand how valuable it can be to get it all out, get it all down, quickly, while you are on a roll.