I guess I'm still in between paintings. I have gone through ideas for my next painting, and I have been working on my long list of task that need to be done. If only I could just spend all my time in the studio, but that's not how it works. If I plan to continue my path as an artist, I have to continue to be active in different projects and actively searching for new opportunities to show my work. You would be amazed at the time it takes to find the right venues or exhibitions (unless you're an artist, and I'm sure you know). as I slowly cross of my list of things to do, I continue to think about the next painting. I hope to get that painting started next week. I'm leaning toward another portrait. Something about the last one tells me there's more to investigate. Maybe i'll share the starting stages of the painting in the next post. RLP
Now that I've finished another painting it's time to plan the next. I wish I could do a better job and plan a whole series, but I'm always afraid it will be a waste of time. I do change my mind a lot. So I'm in the studio working on a mixed media collage for my wife. I guess you could call it a commission:) This is my time to sort through ideas and see what subject will rise to the top. There is no shortage of ideas, that is kind of the problem, to many choices. I don't guess it's really a problem, it's a blessing to have so many creative ideas running through my head. I just need to find some focus to go along with my thoughts. For now I drink coffee and contemplate my next move. RLP
I finally finished my large painting. Such a relief that it came out like I hoped it would. It's a perfect painting to express my thoughts about all this cold weather. I'd rather be someplace warm! I'm not going to complain to much, I'm thankful I have a warm studio to create. It's fun to reveal the color beneath the paper and see all the surprises, the things that I didn't really plan. I love the colors, the warm colors of the skin next to the complimentary coors of the jacket and water. I chose those colors, but they came out more vibrant than I thought they would. The details of the eyes and lips where also much more defined than I imagined them being. This opens up a whole new world for me and my process. Get ready, I have got some crazy things going through my head. I'll
I wasn't going to share any progress photos on this painting, but I'm giving in. I've worked on this so long that I'm ready to move on. Next time I'l plan some smaller projects in between painting one of these larger and more detailed compositions. It looks pretty cool as a collage, but I'm really wanting to get the paper sanded and removed. Worked too long today, so I'll probably finish it off tomorrow morning. No title yet, 36" x 24" I'll be back tomorrow with the results.RLP
I'm enjoying my time in the studio working on this new painting. I have my moments that I wish it wasn't so big. I do get in a groove, and have lots of time to think of new ideas, so it'll be just fine. The cold wet weather hasn't been fun, but spring is just around the corner. Maybe I'll get lucky and get a warm day soon after I finish this painting. I need a little break from my process. Maybe I'll get a day in the garage working with the power tools:)
Today I dropped off my newest paintings at Picture This in Hermitage. If you're close by and want to see them, drop in and see the space and talk to Matt. He's been working hard to get the gallery into top shape. It was looking good today.
One more thing before I go. I'm playing around with an idea of painting small pieces in public and occasionally giving away a painting. I'm thinking I'll hang at a coffee shop and give a painting to the first person that comes up and ask for it. Clues to where I am will be posted on Facebook. I'll also come up with away for my fans from outside Nashville to have a shot. As soon as I get the details worked out I'll let you know.
Bye for now!
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