A wonderful friend "J" came and sat for me today - and I had several other artist friends join in to paint her in my backyard. What fun!
I can't believe it's May already. Though I do feel like the stress of the busy school year is dissipating. Anna had her staar exams (state assessments) and after that I imagine there isn't a lot of hard work. Commitments are fewer and I feel more relaxed.
Can you hear the big sigh coming from central Texas?
I paint best when I don't think. I just dive in and paint what I see without much thought. (Left image is after painting from life and the right image is after I took all the life out of it at home)
The problem comes when I go back in and try to refine or finish a start. Then I tighten up. I want to define every section - foreground or background (which really throws me) and I just flounder trying to make decisions about color, temperature, light and shadow.
I think I naturally make good compositions and good color choices when i just get to work with a time limit - either self imposed or during a model session or plein air painting.
I suppose this is another reason I don't feel able to teach - I can't put into words what I do or solve problems once they arise. I have a long way to go to be able to make CHOICES to make a beautiful painting. I'm enjoying this time of discovery though.
One of my new year resolves was to work more from life. To that end, and liking things my own way, I started a figure painting session and invited other Austin artists to join in. The turn out was great! :-)
I was very pleased Saturday morning to meet new friends and work together. I loved that everyone worked seriously, but enjoyed the breaks talking and laughing.
I'm so grateful to Joel's Coffee for allowing me to hold this session in their business. I dream of a great studio space but its just not feasible. Its nice that they are willing patrons of the arts!
I've been suffering a creative blockage lately and like to think that a beautiful studio space would help, but in truth its not where we work but that we DO the work. This figure session has sparked some new ideas for me already and I feel my drive returning. I can't wait for the next one. Every two weeks on Saturday mornings.
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Chasing the light. Capturing life.
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