I think I could paint these lilies every day ... and I just might.
May 27, 2012
The lilies in the foreground were silhouetted and the lilies beyond variously in light and dark as the shadows shifted across the pond. I have got to do this again!
May 24, 2012
May 21, 2012
May 16, 2012
In my painting, I decided to eliminate the fence that runs along the side of the mill waterway. I also didn't paint the access road that runs behind the barn -- it's a busy enough scene as it is. I need to let this one sit for a while to figure out what else needs to be done.
May 11, 2012
May 10, 2012
It was very windy and I had a big "sail" of a canvas, so I put the easel down very low to the ground and painted in the only direction that would allow me to protect the canvas from blowing into the creek, keep the sun from shining through the surface and give me any view at all. The brushing is particularly funky because of the low angle of the canvas. I need to fix that and fix the building, which I reduced in size by half just as I was getting ready to pack up.
I'd just been reading "Why Art Can't Be Taught" by James Elkins and his assertion that most artists are making ordinary, everyday art, not rare masterpieces. And that it's a good thing. I read it, I believe it, but at the end of the day, it feels a just a little sad. On the other hand, if I got out to paint so often that a painting day was an ordinary day, I'd be pretty happy with that.
May 9, 2012
My paintings now up at Quatermaine's Coffee in Bethesda are generating a lot of fun emails and calls from people ... some of whom say they didn't realize I was a painter. Funny how life can be so compartmentalized.
May 7, 2012
Feeling grateful that it was only my car, not me or a crowd of people she ran into, I went over to the farmhouse to paint. I'd toned my canvas gray yesterday and worked the darks and lights from there. I was still feeling rattled by the car experience (as the 80 year old didn't seem to realize it happened, I didn't confront her) and stopped painting this far into it.
May 2, 2012
People always comment on the how quickly I paint. I know a lot of painters today were just getting set up when I got the call to leave. And they plan on painting for hours. I feel like I can never count on even getting out to paint and when I do, I'd better get to it. This is why.