There are times when just pushing paint is perfectly pleasant for practice painting.After completing those larger works, I didn't have anything special planned or in my mind. So I just started pushing paint for the pure enjoyment of it and to get my creative juices flowing.
I started on a small canvas board(5"x7") and sketched out some flowers.
This photo is a little fuzzy, but then so was my intent. Everyone doodles with a pencil (especially if you are in a boring meeting at work). I'm not a big doodler with paint though, but this is what I was doing. And just like doodling with a pencil there is no pressure to produce anything that others will see.... unless of course you post on a blog, like me.
Doodle number 1 complete
The flowers got me thinking about outdoors and that got me thinking about walking in the woods, and that made me remember our trip to the NorthWoods of Wisconsin last fall.
So this is how I started. I searched and found several reference photos from our trip and began scratching out the composition with my .89cent brush from Home Depot.
When I walk through the woods I always am drawn to fallen trees. They have a story to tell and provide an interesting contrast to the new life springing up around them.
This panel is 12"x16" and is very smooth, almost too smooth. The paint just glides on top and barely attaches to the surface.
I'll leave it here to dry a little before doing more. So I've gone from doodling to dabbling. If this works as a color study I may end up with another large painting to work on.