After the Rain, 11 x 14 inches, oil on panel
Happy New Year everyone~!
I've been sick with some kinda bug for the last few weeks. That, plus a general lack of motivation, have kept me away from the easel for a long time. I've painted once or twice in that time, but if I were to be honest with myself, my heart wasn't in it so it didn't count. Looking back, the last time I seriously painted was back in early November, getting ready for the Holton show.
That, of course, will not do. Being a professional, I can't just sit around waiting for the inspiration to hit me. I've got bills to pay, after all. Which reminds me, Q4taxes are coming up!
So finally I got off my butt and spent the day in the studio yesterday. Boy was I rusty. I couldn't draw, couldn't see color, and subtlety was pretty much nonexistent. I expected as much, and getting my butt kicked like that is an effective, if unpleasant, way to get my engine going. I know this from experience.
Fleeting, 9 x 12 inches, oil on panel
I have a ton of old pieces which are not likely to see the light of day because they're just sub-par, or I hadn't spent a lot of time on them because they're studies or demos. Most of them can be "saved" or given new life if I simply sit down, analyze what's wrong with it, and fix it.
It's a lot less work (or not) than starting from scratch - physically, mentally, and this is important– emotionally. The pieces are no good to start with so if I fail to bring it up to par, I haven't lost anything but time. Actually, in this case it's time well spent because it allows me to grease my chops, as it were.
So there's very little pressure to perform, and yet if I can successfully make a good painting out of a bad one, it's a tremendous boost in confidence. Although success is not guaranteed, chances are good because 1) these old studies have potential. after all, I must have liked something about them or I wouldn't have kept them. and 2) I'm a better painter now than I was when I did them (hopefully).
So I worked on three small old studies yesterday, and managed to get two which I now like. The third one... meh. Into the trash. But two outta three ain't bad, and my gears are slowly beginning to turn again.
I wish I had a "before" picture of these, but as they weren't very good when I first did them, I never even thought to record them. Ah well, I hope you like the end results anyway~