Not one of my usual, but boy was it fun. In order to avoid the "artist block" I decided to have some fun and approach this painting with a less is more attitude and one large-ish brush. I didn't worry about the outcome, just let the passion for painting lead the way. Most times I try to keep this equation in my daily painting but sometimes it is easier said than done.
Today, I spent more time trying to figure out what to paint than the time it finally took me to paint this. I felt like I was on a tightrope balancing over the dreaded artist block. I am now exhausted mentally (I am always tired physically, I have 3 teens and a toddler). I hope the "block" doesn't strike again tomorrow, blech!
Since I began this blog in 2006, I have always struggled with photographing my paintings to achieve their truest likeness for online viewing. Over the years I have had some comments from patrons that they are pleased and find the painting to look even better in person. I know monitors and screens vary slightly from one to the next, but I am working on the lighting in order to get my photos clearer and not so dim.
I have made improvements on many images in my existing posts. If you have read this far, thank you, and please feel free to have a "Better Look" at my gallery of artwork. There are different options for viewing located at the right.
There are still quite a few older paintings that could have better photo representation that I have not worked on yet, but will soon.
Please note the larger size on today's painting. I went to my studio and reached for my stack of 6x6" panels and had none prepared. I would have to prep some boards or grab what I had available so that I could paint today. Whoops!
This wet on wet painting has such a unique look. Sometimes it works better than others though. When working this way the paint seems to do its own thing, kind of like watercolors. I love seeing what results.
Sunsets on the East coast of the U.S. are so different from the glorious sunsets on the Pacific. The Atlantic side has the sunrise on the ocean which is beautiful. The sunset on the Atlantic is a shorter moment since the sun is drifting further away from the ocean. You can catch a glimpse of the sunset in the clouds and the long shadows on the beach. I know this is obvious information, and I sound quite random :D but it is an interesting thought when you are painting the fading light of a sunset in this moment.
The countryside is so beautiful in the spring. The delicate greens sparkle in the pastures. I am pleased with the atmosphere in the sky and fields of this painting. You can see in most of my paintings the more simplified,broad brushwork, but sometimes scenes like these just demand a bit of delicacy in the brushwork to convey what first attracted me to the landscape.
"Another Safe Shift"
At 5:30 the lifeguards up and down the beach blow their whistle 3 times to signal the end of their watch. They climb down and drag the chair away from the tide and call it a day. The sun was setting on another safe day at the beach. This painting has an abstract feel with the lines created by the buildings and their shadows and the vehicles tire marks in the sand. I really enjoyed and had fun with this one!
I set up a spot on the beach today and painted what I saw. There is always a breeze on the beach, but I was able to keep everything from blowing away and really enjoyed sitting in the sand and painting.