I’m not the least bit bored yet of painting from my trip photos, but today I while painting I was thinking about those artists who paint the same thing over and over again. I’m not sure I could do that. Of course, I do paint Spring Lake over and over. It is ever changing though. I guess you have to make it change if you are painting a subject that doesn’t do so on it’s own. Here is a painting of a vista we stopped at on the way to Castalinna.
I may not have stop soon enough on this one. I’ll revisit it tomorrow or in a week and then decide. Not sure about my figures either. I’m still learning how to put them into my landscapes. I’ve tended to prefer my landscapes without humans. Not that I don’t like people. “I just feel better when their not around” (from the movie ‘Bar Fly’)
One of the hardest parts of the creative process is knowing when you are done. I’m sure to non-creatives this sounds totally out there. How can you NOT know when something is done? Well believe me it’s hard. Lately I’ve decided to call it done about one step before I use to. There is nothing worse than an over worked watercolor. They lose their freshness. Look more flat, despite the piles of paint you’ve put on. So my tweaks made ….. this …. is…. done.
Little by little a painting grows into a work of art – we hope. I worked on my Borgo San Fedele Arch. Almost ruined it by rushing the lamp. I need to do some tweaking on the right side of the door so that it reads better. I’m quite happy with it so far.
I’m glad I made the commitment to paint every day until the end of the month. Of course, it’s easier on the weekends without the grand baby and with the husband away. I tweaked one from last night and am calling it done. Then I started a new one with a bit more structure.
After not painting for almost a week, I finally got into my photos from the trip and picked out the many that I would like to turn into paintings. Everything from more buildings to landscapes, from still lifes to flowers. I’ve decided I will paint EVERY DAY until the end of the month. I won’t necessarily Finish a painting every day, but will at least start one. Today I started two:
I have been home since this Sunday and haven’t painted since I got back. Today, though, I got a great hankering to dive into my many reference photos and paint. Before that …. here are the other paintings I did or started while in the workshop:
The still life was our first lesson. I did two of the Cypress scene because I didn’t like the first. However I also didn’t like the second. Neither is fresh enough. I will probably do it again. The modern fountain is one of my favorites as is the panoramic “View from Radata”. The other is a nocturne that I didn’t finish yet. There is one other one that is incomplete. A scene with laundry drying on the clothes lines behind a monument.
So, I am fortunate to have many friends who are way more talented and skilled than I am. I am also fortunate to have a husband who would give me anything. The two combined in an opportunity to take a workshop in Italy conducted by Robert Leedy put on by Il Chiostro at the Borgo San Fedele. What’s not to love in a week filled with learning about painting and eating scrumptious Italian food. ARCHITECTURE! Okay, it’s only MY phobia and bane of MY existence. Also, I didn’t necessarily HAVE to paint that. I just figured for a while any way, if I was here to learn and challenge myself, I might as well go all the way. Here are my first two painting from Sunday- May 27th and Monday May 28th. (Thought I posted this the day I wrote it, but I did not)
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