The question hardly ever varies: what to paint? I stare at the open sketchbook in front of me and a fully charged watercolor brush in my hand. What is the most elemental motion? Shall I draw a representation of a thing? Shall I simply transfer the paint from the brush to the paper in the most honest and efficient way possible? And after I do that, what do I do next? I will often paint stripes. They look pretty and they reacquaint me with the colors on my palette. And then what? Is it a sampler of colors? A paint chart? And if it is just a paint chart, I could add a bird or two. Or a castle. Or some flowers. I have a crazy, self indulgent job!
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
There is a battle dragging out inside me between Abstraction and Realism. I go so far with an abstract approach. This is very satisfying but in the end it leaves me hungering for something recognizable or sympathetic --hence, all the birds. Sorry. I persist though. These are from the past week or so.