I decided I need to stretch a little more and work harder. Improvements will only come from striving. I want to get out of the studio and do more paintings of everyday life. Indoors and out. If I just sit in the studio and try to bring everything in there I won't be stretching myself enough. Then I won't be satisfied, and that dissatisfaction will show up in the work, and then global warming will evaporate my turps, and the polar ice caps will melt and flood Nebraska just as I am getting used to painting dry flat plains of corn and soybeans. AHHHHHHH!
I read a lot of Charlie Brown cartoon strips when I was younger, can you tell?
I sat my french easel on the kitchen table and started painting. The french easel is too big to do a lot of this paint around the house stuff so I'll have to find an easier method.
This is what I call the artist's brew station. A lot of ideas can pop into your head as you wait to brew your tea.
Here is how I start the day. Then I go and post my blog and then my daily commute to the studio. (15 feet away). I won't post this one for sale it is too much a of sketch or idea painting. However, I can still learn a lot from a self critique.
I think there may be a painting inside there somewhere. If I zoom and crop I think a good story could be told in paint. There isn't a strong light in this sketch and I think that would have improved it. Perhaps a stronger focal point. I was just thinking that one of the best things I get from these daily practice paintings is the chance to discover opportunities for improvement. What a gift.