Great day in the studio today. One of the advantages of a sick husband is he doesn't notice if I'm not around! He came back from England with "flu-like symptoms" so is taking extra ASEA (www.mcmayer.teamasea.com) and drinking lots of fluids. I am keeping the fridge stocked & tossing food at him from a safe distance...
Today's painting is a simple 4x6 abstracted winter landscape on canvas panel. The under painting is a coat of Indian Red, which is visible in places. Sort of a play on warm & cool colors. I think I got the reference shot from a post by "The Lodges of Olympic National Park" on Facebook. Facebook is proving to be an excellent source of reference images. By the time I paint them they barely resemble the original image but it is inspirational in any case. Just don't have Hurricane Ridge, WA, outside my door here in Ohio!
1/20/13 "Winter Moon", 4x6, oil on canvas panel
Original photo reference
Since I am an artist not a camera, I feel just fine changing the image with paint. The downside to commissioned portrait work is the client wants an exact rendering. I am not a photo realist. I like brush strokes & marks to show in the finished piece. Its all good!
Morning Pages are going well. I keep feeling nudged to teach The Artists Way again. Maybe its time. That book contains some of the most empowering material I have ever found. When I taught groups of folks (1997 - 2008) I saw miracles occur. One woman cleaned out a closet in week 3 & was moved to a new house by week 12! Took my breath away...
I have a studio and a life as a working artist thanks to Julia Cameron's book as well.
I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today.