I can’t believe it has only been two weeks since my recent painting retreat. It was a much-needed break just for painting!
I found my self so excited to paint. Yet, the analytical part of my artist was overwhelmed with cataloging the variety of compositions and palette possibilities. Everything was already painted in raw pigments and it changed every few minutes. No kidding, the morning light changed so quickly we could barely contain our excitement let alone finish drink our coffee. The afternoon and evening sun was just as dramatic. I could barely record it all on my camera. So I painted what I could, and came back home to paint more in my studio.
I came home ready to paint. Over the next few days I walked into my studio and promptly froze at the easel trying to pick a painting to start next. It should not be this difficult. It’s not, I was just over complicating it ~ trying to guess what the next sale could be. And yet, there I stood. I turned around and walked out of my studio more frustrated than I realized.
A few hours later I had regrouped, cropped and printed most of 20 plus thumbnail images from my recent adventures as well as other local plein-air treks. These were all in my “to paint” files. I took them upstairs and sat on my studio floor. Meanwhile I lined up all of my fresh RETREAT paintings to remind me of what I wanted to paint.
I made a fresh cup of tea and just looked at the images. I spent a few more hours just evaluating the unique interest I had with each printed reference. Eventually, the exciting ones made it into a smaller pile, which I then taped to my easel wall. I discovered I was looking for a certain tangible energy in my subjects and paints. I realized I was finally gaining a bit more clarity in my studio again for a little while before family life returned.
I came back with some great paintings but I also came back with a few new realizations for determining what is driving me to paint these days.
- Paint the Exciting!
- Fresh Paint, Clean Paint!
- Don’t wreck it trying to “fix it“.
In the past week I have painted a least 7 paintings. I have wiped away several of these after realizing they were “fix its”. I realized I could revisit the composition in a new way any time I wanted. Or I could simply paint something else EXCITING at the moment and see where it might lead. I have definitely scored a few surprises as well!
I will blog more on the 3 realizations later in the week…