Saturday, August 14, 2010
searching for dreamy
Maybe I should have stopped with the watercolor, when the drifting and dreaminess worked. I am searching for something that I can't quite articulate.
If you examine the underpainting you can see that I did what I know I should do:
1. set the color and value relationship- very important to establish immediately.
2 add the drama of atmospheric perspective
In the pastel I was aware of creating the diva and the supporting cast (could be stronger.)
Then it comes down to the intangible- the feeling. Dreamy...hmmmmmm, how to make the dreaminess I wanted. That will be the holy grail forever. The feeling, the elusive feeling.
On another note, yesterday I unpacked all my shipped paintings. Now that I had distance from them I could see their strengths, weaknesses and patterns. It made me think ... the absolute best thing for any painter is to separate her/his self from life and just paint. I know it is VERY hard to get away from life (jobs, kids, life responsibilities.) But when you can immerse yourself in your art, it is an amazing thing. I can feel it already now that I am back...all the competing things....like a pack of wolves howling. Sometimes it can be hard to quiet those wolves down. That's why I love to leave. It turns on a different brain. Yes, I realize I am very fortunate to be able to do it. I do work hard to make it possible. I consider it a priority because it makes me whole.