From todays still life class, 12"x12", oil on canvas. I'd like to work on it a bit more but as I never finished last Thursday's painting I will post this as-is. Also I have eaten the Pomegranate seeds.
Large under-paintings, rough beginnings that I hope to develop over time. All of these compositions are the fruit of a new kind of picture making for me. I am using a wider variety of reference material rather than painting the still life in front of me or working from one or even a few photographs of the same perspective and the same subject matter. It is very exciting to me. A few weeks ago I attempted to describe it here. Earlier this year I heard Julie Heffernan speak. Her energy was contagious as she spoke of letting the painting lead her, finding out as she goes and "painting in order to go someplace you didn't expect".
12"x12", oil on canvas. In Paris this May E and I bought lots of flowers for the apartment, this painting is from photos we took on our last morning there: peonies in a yogurt jar, catching the morning light from an open window while the rest of the room remained dark. See E's sketch here. Available here.
It's been a relief to have a little more studio time lately and that time has opened up the brain space I need to listen to something and even listen to something other than familiar pieces of music. I have truly enjoyed The Savvy Painter podcast: such a pleasure to hear painters talk at length about technique, process, inspiration, other paintings, life! Its wonderful!