It's been several months since I last posted. I've been painting off and on but not regularly, so I decided to take on a painting challenge to get back into good habits. I struggle with landscapes. So, this month, I'll be painting a small landscape every day in September in hopes of a break through.
One of my very best buddies today suggested that perhaps I'm not loosening up because I'm painting daily. She has noticed that many of my paintings have wine bottles and wine glasses. Just for clarification Dyanne, there is no drinkable alcohol in this still life today. It's garlic, olive oil and vinegar (ops... red wine vinegar).
I'm starting to have a lot of fun with this, and I think I am loosening up. I find I no longer psychoanalyze each object before I choose to paint it. I just quickly reach for colors, color contrast, abstract shapes and textures. I hope this doesn't sound esoteric or artsy, because that's not me and that crap turns me off.
I didn't have a lot of time last night so this was quick and wet, but I'm pleased with the results. This is day 16 of 2015. I'm feeling a difference in my painting by doing these daily paintings. I'm making decisions quicker with more confidence. It's been a crazy year so far. If I hadn't made a commitment to myself to do these, I probably wouldn't have seen much of my studio so far this year.
I like to paint art objects. These are objects from an ink set I purchased in China. I set them on a glass on top of a piece of bright red construction paper. The way the light hit the glass dramatically skewed the intensity of the red to a milky pink.