Yesterday afternoon we watched as several bunnies were chasing through the garden. They jumped over one another first running this way, then that way. Who knows WHERE they were headed.? I don’t think that they did.
When I start a painting, I find it useful to have several things in place before I start. Even before the image is selected, I like to think about what emotional content I have in mind for a painting. That guides my image selection, or in the case of a still life, what objects I select, what color palette I would use, and the relationship of objects to one another. The moving around of objects is a big part of the process. In a sense, it’s my first preliminary sketch.
In the class I taught last weekend, The Passionate Still Life, I created a set-up that was based on a conflict that had just come up that morning (and NO I’m not going to tell you about it!). I realized I needed strong colors, and something that would create a sense of separation. I am adding new images of the resulting painting as I continue to work on it. Check out the “painting progression page” to see it’s progress.
till next time….