Here are the small daily landscapes for the third week. I did another Beacon Marine landscape. The drawing took a long time to do. I basically drafted it, using a vanishing point and a ruler. It took hours to do … Continue reading →
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 →
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!
The night before last, I dreamed of a white wall with three saltmarsh paintings in thin ornate gold frames. The warm marsh went nicely with the frames and the arrangement of three together worked well. I don’t ever remember having … Continue reading →
This has been the most beautiful fall! It has gone on and on, first the red maples, then the sugar maples, then the oaks, almost rivaling the maples, and then my own beech woods golden… The colours in the salt … Continue reading →
Often, when I make a painting, I mean it to be viewed close up. I frequently paint small (I learn more making more small paintings rather than fewer large ones) and it is harder for a little painting to make … Continue reading →
Yesterday, I wrote about the postcards I painted and sent to my mum while sailing this summer on the Maine coast. I said they were painted specifically for my mother, to remind her of familiar places and conditions. And I … Continue reading →
This summer, as we sailed the Maine coast, I painted a postcard every few days. Most of them, I mailed to my mother. Finding a mailbox or postoffice was sometimes challenging. The US Postal Service was surprisingly good at not … Continue reading →