This Week’s Roundup
I hope your weekend is off to a great start!
Last week I introduced to you a new project – a couple has commissioned a still life filled with objects important to their family. This week I got into the real work on that painting, as well as sharing a few older pieces and an interesting sketching project.
On Monday I showed a tea painting from a few years ago, along with a great quote about masters of the Japanese tea ceremonies, which is applicable to artists of any type.
Tuesday’s offering was a painting of a lemon from about the same time, with thoughts about work and patience from Mary Cassatt. I also published a 15-minute video showing me working on the drawing for the above painting. The rest of the week was devoted to moving forward on that project.
Except for Thursday.
I’ve felt stuck in a rut lately, so I’ve needed something new. The answer has been to challenge myself with some difficult studies from life (as opposed to using any photographic reference). This isn’t about creating anything with particular artistic merit, rather it’s all about knocking things loose in my head and forcing myself to see better by choosing things that are deliberately hard.
To keep it from feeling too much like working on an actual composition, I’ve set up a rule for these studies. I probably have in excess of a thousand props for paintings in my studio (the majority of which I’ve never even painted), so I’m selecting one thing at random, and then picking one or two other objects within one foot in either direction from the same shelf.
This video was Thursday’s challenge. In addition to being difficult, that broken geode is something I’ve wanted to paint forever, but it just never worked itself in anywhere.
I spent a lot more time on this study than I intended, but I’m glad I did… I needed some real accomplishment that day. My eyes feel better and I even feel more confident.
Good strong medicine, this…
Thanks for checking these out – I truly appreciate your time. And with that, I want to wish you a great week ahead!