(I keep chanting this in order to believe it).
Tonight I go to painting class. Provided my daily frustration at work doesn’t deflate me so much by the time I can go that I just don’t have it in me to make it. (Ever notice how the very things [...]
the clouds begin to come to life
Apropos of nothing – as I write this – the evening before it gets its automated posting time – I have just discovered that it is not, in fact Tuesday evening. It is Wednesday evening. And the deadline for something I was supposed to do is not [...]
The last class of the fall term was this week. I painted the wood pile and added a little to the fence line. I also ‘pushed’ the values on the barn a little – I made the shadows darker and the highlights lighter. Although I really liked the intense red glow of the barn the [...]
the latest on my painting project
You have to let your painting change you, so my teacher says.
detail of the clouds
Just as when I look in the mirror I see some things I like and some I emphatically do not there are parts of my painting I [...]
When working on any sort of project I find it difficult to have perspective. The flaws are right in front of my nose. My weaknesses and lack of skills are frustrating me in the moment. Gratefully, I usually find that a little time or distance help me to appreciate what I’ve done. When I read [...]
I told someone recently that having painting class in the middle of the week is like having a midweek Friday. But I have to amend that somehow since my weekends lately seem so packed with agenda items that they aren’t nearly so stress reducing as is 3 hours of painting on a weeknight. So, I’m [...]
The past two weeks I’ve continued to work exclusively on the sky in my painting. This picture was taken after my July 13 class. I don’t have a photo taken after my class on the 20th, so you’ll have to take my word for it that the sky, or at least the bottom half of [...]
I love this whole concept of the underpainting. The forced generality of it. The fact that it is no more meant to resemble the finished product than the foundation of a house ought to resemble the house itself. I’m only establishing shapes and value.
I am by nature a perfectionist. Or, as I sometimes say, [...]
week 1 – the underpainting
I’m trying to convince myself to act on a sort of resolution to stop raving about oil painting. It could get pretty boring for my friends and family awfully quickly. So this is the last time – I promise. I think. At least I’ll try.
I really really [...]