Another week of landscapes! Two of these took forever to draw. I’m sure you can guess which ones. I did three more saltmarsh painting but only two look like saltmarsh because I was tired of painting grass and flooded the … Continue reading →
Here is the first week of daily landscapes. As you can see, this is not a produce-lots-of-stuff-you-know-you-can-do-well project. The idea here is growth. That means doing something (like a saltmarsh painting) and then doing it again and again in more … Continue reading →
Every once in awhile, I find it useful to spend a month painting daily. This serves a number of purposes. I am always thinking about painting in the back of my mind, but since I am also a mother, a wife, and a daughter, it is nice occasionally to have a month where painting is a daily activity. Mysteriously, painting is a surprisingly stressful activity, almost scary. Painting daily reduces that stress and makes painting more fun. I always learn a lot when I focus on doing a small painting every day from start to finish rather than taking a number of days to do a larger painting. It forces me to step back and see the whole building process. Because I am moving faster, the right side of my brain, the more creative side, has more say in what I do, while the more methodical left side scrambles to catch up. Even when the immediate results aren’t “good” and the painting fails, it generates ideas to use in future paintings. It is easy for paintings to build on each other. Working within the restrictions of doing a small painting every day is like writing a haiku – more tinkering is involved to stay within the restrictions, forcing one to stay with an idea longer. Painting daily is hard but at the end, it is very satisfying to lay them all out on the floor and see them all together. This is the last day of our winter vacation. Tomorrow, I begin on my 30 landscapes!