Same flowers from yesterday, moved to the porch table.
This is kind of a combo of the two previous Daily Paint Works Challenges–the 10 minute paintings and the single rose. I was having a little resistance to painting and this seemed like a good solution for now. Better to paint a number of quick studies than labor over one piece or do nothing. I wished I’d started earlier in the day. I told a student last night that his problem was that he was thinking about it (drawing) rather than just doing it! He was trying so hard not to make an error that he wasn’t allowing himself to even experience the process. I just teach what I need to learn.
I’m reading Shameless–maybe subconsciously it influenced what I chose to paint.
I did this for the DPW Challenge. What a tough thing that is. First, the most cliche subject matter ever. And then, red is one of the toughest colors to work with–hard to darken since it’s already dark, hard to lighten without going pink and chalky.
I swore off TV 5 years ago, but my guilty pleasure is wathching The Bachelor on the internet now. The rose thing is so silly–but the psychology–it’s like watching a train wreck.
I did get a rose–or two–for Valentine’s Day. Life is good.
I’m not sure what I want to paint next and I could start to use this as an excuse. I started to paint the view from my porch and then I thought, no, the light is going to change too fast. And then I thought, just DO IT! So I did. I often fantasize painting this view, expecially at twilight. There are bands of color but they shift in minutes. Still, eventually I’m going to try to capture that. This was a start.
I like the abstract rhythm of the palms. If I had more room I could have shown the curve, like a necklace of palms.
I went to a Chinese New Year celebration today and had some free Chinese food. It’s the year of the rabbit and supposedly an easier year–although there will be digestion/lung issues. Yeah, tell me about it!
The last four. This doesn’t happen in 40 minutes. I took breaks between each one. To fetch the laundry and such. And give the light a chance to move.
I do like the series altogether. It looks kind of abstract and modern. I like the idea of working really fast too. Want to do more of that. I’m already fast. But that’s good in my book. Especially if it’s fast with decisiveness and skill vs. to get it over with.
This was in response to the Daily Paintworks challenge. One object, 10 minutes, 8 times. 10 minutes isn’t long. But it takes time to pick the object, set it up, get the materials ready. I should have started earlier, but it was hot outside and I had to make lunch. By the time I started, after 3 pm, the light was moving really rapidly. By the 4th attempt there was no direct sun. The lemon seems to be growing as I go. I’ll do the other 4 tomorrow.