I was really scared, after the long break, of falling back into trying to make them perfect so the last few have been pretty loose (for me.) They felt alright and I could see that creating something without beating it to death was possible. With 42 I’m now trying to take that and sharpen it.
From here on out (so far) things have felt better and I’m looking forward to posting the new ones.
This one is a little sloppy but it’s exactly what I needed. I’ve been pushing hard to try and get at the essence of things and at least try a to be a little more free with it.
I don’t know if it was because I had already painted this once but it felt really good this time. When all I had to worry about was the value (and the composition – I forgot to mention that last time) I was able to relax and knock it out. This is the last of the tea pots for a while but I’m sticking with the limited palette until I get into more of a groove. I’ll try to post a couple this weekend.
Not to get too technical but in any kind of painting you have value (the lights and darks) and color. These two things are totally different but in successful paintings they work together seamlessly. Ideally you create the value with color – not just adding black to things but using different colors to make things look darker or lighter. That, sadly, is not happening with number 38.
So there you go. In the immortal words of MC Skat Kat, two steps forward, two steps back.
I will say that this whole value vs. color thing totally shapes the next 6-7 paintings and has helped me a lot. More on Tuesday. And then there’s this.
So that’s number 37 but it feels more like number 1b. There is a real progression to the ones that follow so this should be fun to watch them evolve. Title is a lyric from a Matthew Ryan song. More on Thursday.
Number 36 is one of the last ones from the Amelia trip. This is done but I was never really ready to let it go. I have a couple others that may re-surface later. I like this one but it feels like something is off. It’s a nice landscape but is missing a focal point or some splash of color.
It’s been suggested that I add a barn. Not really sure what a barn would be doing in a protected marsh area on Amelia Island so… this one is going into the books as is.
Have a great week. See you Tuesday.