Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Out of Shape
I try to paint every day. Outdoors as much as I can. Keeps me fresh. Ends up about 50 - 50.
The last week I haven't picked up a brush. For me the first thing I lose is the feel of the paint going on. Then I lose the sense of what is and my sense of what I know (things like the sky is blue, snow is white etc.) takes over. I knew that shows, delivering paintings, hanging, leaves, grass, eaves troughs and so forth were about to take over. The usual suspects for the Book of Excuses. Then I get a sense that unless I can dedicate a good block of morning time, I can't get started. However, I have found that keeping my head in the game helps a lot. I have stretched canvases, prepared canvases and boards, sketched some variations of some ideas, talked to some artists, read some blogs, and bought a few tubes of paint. Like I needed them!
Through all of this the feeling of needing to paint big has emerged again. I seem to go in cycles. To do this I'll switch to the old french easel for outside (16x20 to 24x30 usually) and use the large canvases I have stretched and prepared for the studio easels. I guess this is all in preparation for the winter painting season - but this week it is seriously warm. So we have made preparations to attack Bob's barn on Friday. It has taken 2 years to get Bob ready for this. Should be fun. And this afternoon I'll get on the easel for a few hours.
Bob's Barn, Summer 2009
The old girl has changed a lot since then. Last fall a western blew off most of her one wall. Today she is so adorned with character it makes for a difficult painting.