So sometimes you need to yourself. I knew I wasn’t really in the state of mind to work on my Boboli Garden piece, but I did it anyway. I may have screwed the pooch, jumped the shark, f—ked up. Then I moved on to another piece and probably shoudln’t have touched that either. Sometimes sleeping on it helps. I will do that. Tomorrow is another day.
It was a wonderful feeling to walk in my studio tonight and know that I had several works to choose from to work on. I chose this one. I have a weekly “Studio Club” that I host every week. This is one of the rare times that my artistic endeavors are not done alone. It helps both my friends and myself to schedule studio time and ensures we work at least once a week. Of the 4 pieces that needed completion, I chose this landscape of the Italian countryside. It still needs some adjustments to the background and to that foreground red bush.
Well I’m going to call it so. Though, I will have to do a lot of tweaking to certain things. I knew that I wanted the front midground, ie the part of the garden between the balustrade with the low green manicured shrub, and the back large manicured shrubs to be low intensity. It was, of course full of plants. One has to edit life sometimes to make a painting work. We will see as I move along if I’ve managed it properly. It was kinda hard to come back to this after doing mostly loose stuff over the weekend.
I confess. I’m cheating on you. Well, on myself really. I challenged myself to paint every day to the end of this month, but I’m probably not going to today. I figure I’m okay with that because I painted all day yesterday. My production for the weekend was pretty good (one exercise, two startsz(one you saw already), one phase II and two finished paintings). Was it Woody Allen that said, “I’d like to see you go a whole day without a single rationalization”? I think so, though I forget which movie it was in. I use more than one rationalization every day. It’s part of my healthy lifestyle. Ha! Here is my artful endeavors from the weekend:
It is always so exciting to start a new painting. This one will be another of the beautiful Tuscan countryside, with it’s hills and valleys. I’m so enjoying painting from my photos of my trip. However, tomorrow’s painting will be bring even more joy. I am at my cottage by the lake. So Plein Aire it will be. My favorite kind of painting. Even in the horrid heat of Florida’s summer.
I’m going slow with this one. Things that came to mind while working today: I hate it when I don’t realize my drawing errors until I’ve started painting and. You really have to be careful about changing you paint brand in the middle of a painting. I don’t think I realized this until today when I had to put more Ultramarine Blue on my palette and had to open a new tube. But this was not the DaVinci I had been using and behaved completely differently.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell. In my early days I was so excited to “finish” a piece that I would frame it right away. Invariably there would be that one annoying thing that had me cutting off the back paper, prying up the framers points, and taking it out of the mat and frame to “fix it”. Some times it worked sometimes it didn’t This is one I will look at for a while before deciding if it’s done. It is also one that I am very likely to paint again only larger. As soon as I started on the flowers, I realized it was stupid of me to be painting this as an 8 x 10 1/2.
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