“Good enough” is NOT when it comes to my art. It’s a big red flag that more work needs to be done when that thought crosses my mind. I’m not happy yet and I may need to set it aside to contemplate it awhile.
There was a beam of light in the back that was gnawing on me like a piece of food stuck in my tooth. I got some inspiration from an art magazine I was reading, “Art International.com”. I put some paint on and scraped some paint off creating an interesting texture and depth. More depth is what was needed. Vigorous painting and scraping ensued. “Yes! This worked.” However…
Now the lower left corner—which was more or less an impression of folds of the tablecloth—looks out of place and definitely was competing with the more defined areas of the bottles. So I reworked that area in the same manner as the rest of the tabletop and it fits much better, don’t you think?
“Glass Catches Light” is my entry in the Mid-Michigan Art Guild Summer show at the Shiawassee Art Center beginning June 28, 2015 through August 2nd.
In a landscape painting I usually work back to front. In this still life I wanted to block in some of the background to have an underpainting of color and then as I work on the bottles I can throw some the color I use in the bottles into the background so it will tie into the whole painting.
I worked on some of the bottles and blocked in the other 2. I’m not sure why I chose that color. I just wanted something that glowed a bit. Neutralized the background so I can keep things relating to each other. Also starting the tabletop. I have a feeling this will go through many changes before I’m happy.
Painting every day has great benefits. It improves my painting for one. It’s a great habit and feels good like any regular exercise, and I miss it if I miss a day. Completing a daily painting gives a sense of accomplishment too, which feels good—if it doesn’t get washed down the drain. Not every painting is a keeper after all.
Sometimes the daily paintings make it hard to find time to work on larger paintings, which all of a sudden seem like an enormous task. But so it goes and I have started an 18×24″ for an upcoming show. Shows are great for goal setting.
Some artists start with the darks. Some work back to front. Some paint alla prima (wet-on-wet). Others paint in layers waiting for each layer to dry. I’ve learned all of this and tried all of this and I don’t think about any of it any more.
I get in a zone where I don’t think, I just do. I’m sure all those things I learned come through when I need them (or not). I just keep painting ’til I’m happy with it.
Here’s what I’m working on. I love the way glass and light react and dance with each other. So I’m looking at these bottles with sunlight reflecting and passing through and how it happens. Here we go…
Here’s the drawing and transfer to the canvas.
I decided to paint the first 2 bottles in their complementary colors. They will eventually be green.