2017 is almost here... Time for some reflection and new ideas!
I Can See Clearly Now, 44 x 44
What's it all about? That question sums up the painting journey for me. And it has been about
many different things: learning to capture the subject matter visually; finding my own approach to expression in paint; evolving the IDEA; growing bored with myself and my ideas; finding new
inspiration; and finally, continually working to release limitations!
This is funny because it is so TRUE. Many of us limit our best instincts with too much self-critique, surely the invisible "fence" in the studio. In my workshops, I am able to verbalize these painting frustrations, but often don't follow my own advice to escape them (i.e., use big brushes, set a timer, paint more, care less, socialize more, get outside, get away from have-to's, discover want-to's).
SO ... 2017 will be my year of putting joy and happiness on the canvas. No longer will I paint roses, or children or Paris street scenes, but instead light and joy and color will be my subjects.
I'm going to push it, exaggerate the light, and savor the experience. Painting alla prima (in one session) is the ticket for the likes of me. Otherwise, it's a private journey into hours of corrections, over-thinking and often over-working -- UGH.
Meanwhile, 2016 has been a stellar year...fun painting trips to Maine and Provence, lots of workshops with many fabulous and inspiring participants, and personal growth in my own work.
2016, alas, was also the year that the art community lost Charles Movalli, a painterly painter who inspired me and many others with his work and his wisdom.
"It can't look like you've worked hard and long, even if you have. A painting should be done quickly with both your intellect and your nerves. When they give out, stop," Charles Movalli
Charles Movalli, Villefranche
"The greatest temptation and danger is to rely on previous solutions and thus paint the same picture for the rest of your life, "
I'm sending along a petite gallery of paintings done since I last blogged, and lots of great wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
Blondie, 10 x 8
A Glimpse of Les Murets, 12 x 9
Of Petals from Some Magic Rose, 48 x 36
Yes Way, Rose´, 9 x 7
Workshop Demo, 14 x 11