Losing My Marbles

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Yet another cloudy, rainy day and I think I’m going to lose my marbles. What’s an artist to do? PAINT! of course.

I’ve always loved the way light passes through glass, reflects off of glass, makes glass glow, and the way objects reflect in glass.

Hey, I found my marbles. Here are little glass things and they have glass swirling around inside them as well.

Oh! I had to paint them you see. I present you with “Found Marbles”.

Workin’ It

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…

art studio
my studio

Here’s the drawing and transfer to the canvas.

starting acrylic painting of bottles
beginning the painting

I decided to paint the first 2 bottles in their complementary colors. They will eventually be green.

To be continued…