Starting a fresh studio painting is like deciding on what's for supper....
First you rummage through the refrigerator to see what you may already have. You quickly decide not to have leftovers, that would be boring. Now what? You may not feel up to experimenting with something you've never tried before. So what do you do?
You come to realize that you only want comfort food. It's reliable, yet somehow retains that bit of magic you never grow tired of.
The same feelings hold true when I am starting a fresh studio painting.
|Beginning a studio painting.|
Trees, water and Maine...three of the ingredients to create some comfort food painting.
|View from Pigeon Hill - Washington County Maine|
When we first moved to Maine last spring, one of the places we wanted to hike and see was Pigeon Hill. It is located close to Pinkham Bay Bridge( at the top of my blog page - the photo of me painting is at Pinkham Bay Bridge ) . Pigeon Hill is a short climb up a rather high little hill out on the peninsula and it offers spectacular views of Dyer Bay and Pigeon Hill Bay.
|view from Pigeon Hill, Maine|
So this painting is beginning with a high enjoyment factor.
|Pigeon Hill -work in progress|
Enjoyment! If that one ingredient is missing when you start cooking up a studio painting, everyone will see (or taste) it.
|Several paintings started|
So right now I have several paintings started in the studio, and with our first snow fall on the ground, I think it's time for an early winter push to complete what I have begun.
|Maine landscape - Pigeon Hill - work in progress|
Great start! And I love the food analogy. Never thought about it that way before. :-) You're always teaching us something.
I notice you generally have several paintings going at once. Is that to let one painting dry as you work on another? Are you keeping the excitement level (or pace) up by moving from one canvas to the next? Are you executing on many ideas to keep things fresh? Would you elaborate?
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