I made a lot of progress today on this painting. I only stopped because my back twinged. Oh no. How long was I painting? Three hours? Four? Something like that. It is so nice to be able to stand and paint again!
I don’t work from a set drawing or from one reference photo. I will sketch the overall shape, horizon line and key points as guide posts. My sketch is more of a hand drawn road map. This is because I have to explore my painting, change is always a possibility. I also like to add my own ideas, along the way. It could be as simple as changing the shape of a wave, or creating a different number of waves.
Approaching Realism is how I think of my work.
Well, it’s time for a snooze. Who knows, maybe I can work on this later today.
Oh geez, well here goes. I am going back to acrylics. Yup, it’s time to start working at the easel again.
I have been working 95% in digital for 2020 but since I have a big digital deadline and the work is stalled right now I thought of switching it up to break through my wall. So, I will paint in the REAL again. Should be easy, I have painted in acrylics before.
But nothing is working right. The acrylics and canvas feels strange. I didn’t realize how much physical strength it took till I got tired after an hour. A hour. I usually paint for 6 hours at a stretch but now I am wiped. 1 hour of painting equals 3 hours napping.
Why not sit down?
Standing and painting is the only way I can paint. I have to step back every couple of strokes to judge my values or check to see that my straight lines are really straight. If I sit and paint I slant everything to the right. It looks like the painting was left out in the sun and is melting. I had to laugh at that one. Apparently I fall in love too quickly with my colors and I can see nothing else.
See the little value scale at the bottom left of the picture? If I was ever get a tattoo, this is what I will get. A value scale. It isn’t super sexy but it would be so handy. I misplace the damn thing at least once ever time I use it. Some artists wear it around their neck. Ugh, that is probably the next step. Also, why are they made of paper? If they fall into coffee, the lake or paint they are instantly dead. Metal would be better. Whatever, just not paper.
Everything is going wrong. It is a comedy of errors. I put my paints in a fancy new palette but I put in too much water in the bottom reservoir and now I have paint soup. The canvas was too absorbent and too scratchy. I fixed that with er, a special sauce. Then, the paint wouldn’t glide on so I dusted off the medium and started using that but with the soupy quality it was a hot mess. Right now, as I write this, my paints are drying out on my bureau tabletop so I can use it again and the fancy new palette is on the floor for a time out.
Don’t you have a digital painting deadline? Yes, yes I do.
Okay, I have been dreaming of this deadline and I WILL make it but I am stuck in the mire of ‘I can’t make a decision‘ so I thought I would paint with acrylics to relax. Ha! That is hysterical in hindsight. Here is the digital painting so far.
Turmoil 18 x 36″ Digital on aluminum (I am pretty sure this is what I will choose with my print shop)
It is NEARLY done, it’s just…I have made…oh, I don’t know sixteen versions? Yeah. If I had a kingdom to rule it would be the Land of Indecision.
It is going to be great AND the opportunity is HUGE. I will finish it and ya know MAKE the deadline. It is just stage fright right now.
Once it is done (85% there) I will send it off with 2 other entries and then wait. At that point my job is done. If I do get in then, I will start catalogue shopping for a new outfit, make an appointment for a real haircut (I have cut my own hair twice now) and even get the truck washed.
I have been hiding out due to the coronavirus. I got really sick with influenza in December and I am just now recovering, 80% there. Going out is scary. REALLY scary because people are not keeping their distance or wearing their masks. This means people like me, with compromised immune systems are all wound up. California just hit record breaking outbreaks for the last couple of days. We got an emergency alert this afternoon too so painting waves in my studio is the place to be right now.
Well, I bet my paints are dry enough now for me to work on the first painting again.
Anyways, thanks for reading this and take care. I am going back to the studio now that I got this little rant out of the way. I will post again when I am done with my acrylic or digital painting.
Be sure and check out my shop to see if there is anything you want to buy. I have some prints available that I hope you like too.