Saturday, December 05, 2009

Daily Painting Practice - under paintings, under paintings, under paintings

Sunset on Northwoods Lake
work in progress
Sometimes an artist needs to exercise patience.( It may be the only exercise we actually do.)  I have had some good news this week,  a new gallery in Omaha sold a painting I had completed two years ago. In this case it literally paid to be patient.

Lately though, I  have had to remind myself to be patient. I seem to be making more under paintings than finished works. It is very  important to stay the course...  I need to keep telling myself "strive for quality not quantity". Not an easy lesson when under paintings start backing up on the easel.

work in progress

Some under paintings develop at a slower pace than others. It is usually at this point that I need to decide on how far to develop the details in the under painting.

 Time to Reflect
work still in progress

Of course some details take forever to work out. I suppose I should be happy as long as I see progress. (no matter how slow) The waterfall painting I have been working on is another story. I'm having a real problem getting that one to the finish line. But you know what they say... When the going gets tough...

...Start another under painting!


Darren Maurer said...

I have the solution! Just don't underpaint.

Amanda said...

You are so inspirational! I love your work and your methods, makes me want to paint again.

Sharon said...

You sure picked a complicated one to start! Thanks for the chuckle this morning.

Stacey Peterson said...

I love "Time to Reflect" - it's absolutely beautiful. What's to finish? Good luck with the rest!!

Anonymous said...

I too have a backlog of unfinished work. So did Leonardo. We're in good company! ;-)
Besides, your solution to "when the going gets tough..." sure beats just sitting there staring, knowing you can't finish one, yet.

Celeste Bergin said...

It's a quarter after 3. hope not am.
nice looking painting!

Candace X. Moore said...

Peter, Great blog. You're a talented artist, and I appreciate your willingness to pass along all the useful information. Quick question about your studio set-up, what do you use to light your easel and palette (watts, temperature)? I can just see a fixture above your easel. TIA

Unknown said...

Great work. I have a backlog of at least 12 pieces! I've noticed that going back to a painting is made a lot easier from what you have learnt in the subsequent works. I have gone back to some only to completely start again and end up finishing it off in a very short time. I see every painting I do as practise for the next one I start.

Amanda Lovett said...

I just Love your work.