Tim Horn, Base Camp, 12 x 16 oil on panel
This is a painting by my friend Tim Horn from our painting trip to Ediza Lake in the High Sierras. Tim painted this from his perch some 30 feet up a steep hill where he had pitched his tent. The grey tent near the bottom of the picture is mine. The yellow one is Sharon's, and the greenish grey one belongs to Kim.
I thought I'd show you something cool by someone else(and not just because the painting depicts my tent!) because I got nothin' cool to show. Quite frankly, my own efforts this past week have resulted in nothing but crap! I have so few hours to paint nowadays, and fragmented little chunks at that. In my rush to make the most of these few hours, I get so anxious that I start taking short cuts, which results in sloppy work that inevitably has to be scraped. Every single time. You'd think I would learn, but no, I keep doing the same thing.
I've scraped three or four pieces in the last week! How very frustrating. You know it's bad when you start second guessing what it is you're supposed to do. The things I'm fairly good at, are betraying me and it just feeds my bad attitude.
When I catch myself in these ruts, one of the things I do to try and turn things around is look for inspiration elsewhere. I look at art books, watch movies, listen to music. And of course, cruise the web to see what other artists are doing. It often gives me a fresh perspective, and might even get me unstuck. I came across this painting on Tim's website, and immediately recognized where he "designed away from the literal", which made me think, "would I have done it that way?" Probably not, because we don't think the same way. Nonetheless Tim is a very gifted compositionist (I prefer this psuedo-term to "composer") so it does me good to really think about why he made these design decisions.
Anyway, if my rut continues, I'll be showing you more of other people's work because I won't have anything worthy of my own. Oh but don't worry about me. Occasional ruts come with the territory. Nobody said art is easy. If it were, I wouldn't be doing it.