“Spring Water” was finished up in time for International Woman’s Day. Using a few doodles as my launching point, this painting was created with a very relaxed and spontaneous spirit. Relying on the preconceived structure of the composition, that was based on my initial sketch, allowed me to paint freely and reactionary without having to worry much about the cohesiveness of the completed painting. When you are at least 80% sure the painting is going to work, the rest of your mind is free to explore and experiment with color, adding the emotional flavor needed to make the work relatable and relative to the human experience.
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Rooster Run, 8″ x 8″, oil on canvas panel
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Guard Cat 6″ x 6″ oil on canvas (purchase)
Today, I made the first painting of my 90 paintings in 90 days goal. It is a twist on the “Daily Painter.” Well, actually it is exactly like the Daily Painter work model, but with a deadline. After the ninety days, I can either continue another ninety days, pause or stop. From what I have read from several artists, this method works because it provides structure and helps ease the anxiety of starting a new painting(or in my case, often prevents me from starting at all at times.) Giving yourself one to two hours to three hours to paint, and then another hour to post on your blog, auction site and other social media creates a steady workflow .For many artists, myself included, this is a big deal. Relying on inspiration, dedication, and hopefully not too much self-medication, is not enough. A framework of activity must be set into play so there is some structure to work around.
Like the daily painter model, I am going to be working on paintings 6″ x 6″ and no larger than 11″ x 14″. I can work larger as well at the same time, but the paintings for the 90 days are going to be small. The idea is you work quicker and are able to produce more efficiently over time. Working small also greatly reduces the pressure for having to creating a masterpiece every time because the goal is shifted to creating a “good” painting everyday. Perfectionism can be wrestled with more triumphantly later when the artist faces the larger canvas or mural.
Here it is. 1 of 90. 89 more to go!
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I think, as an artist, you should always move forward in your art. If you try to compare your past with your present work too much, you run the risk of stalling progress, and ultimately killing all your creative energy. I do, however, think that it can be interesting to hold an older work of art next to something current to get an idea what path you’re on. I know it helps me articulate more effectively the direction I am going knowing where I came from.
Below are two paintings from different periods in my art career. The Top one is from 2002 and the bottom is from this year. I had a vague idea where I wanted my art to go, but in 2002, I wouldn’t have guessed it would become so abstract. It is clear now that I was on a journey for deeper, more universal truths through expression and experimentation. That’s the path I am on today.