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I didn’t have long again to do this as the sun was moving rapidly off my porch. I had seen a small yellow vase and acid green coaster in the Goodwill on Saturday…$1.99 each…and even so…debated…so I had to go back yesterday to get them because I really did think they’d be fun to paint.. and they were…the shadows made the vase look kind of green too. I’ll include a quick sketch I did to get started. Then I decided to mess with a small easel I had in the studio that had been gathering dust because I thought it would make it easier to get closer but really when painting this small, closer isn’t better. The top panel holder piece came off–it’s not supposed to—ah, the tribulations of painting when the light is so fleeting. One day, I will start before noon…I know, I’ve said that.
BTW–why am I doing this(painting small and as often as I can manage at this point)? It’s an attempt to stay connected to painting in a way that emphasizes the study aspect…the “getting better and better” at making color choices, strokes, decisions, etc. As I was telling my lovely breakfast companion what my teacher Steve Huston had told us: consistency over intensity…or what Mike Lip-something or other said in a CD he sent in the mail…”You don’t have to get it perfect, you just have to get it going!” Words to remember when one has Virgo Rising.