Oil on Panel
"Basically, Those who continue to make art are those who have learned how to continue - or more precisely, have learned not to quit." - Art and Fear (Page 9)
This is me "not quitting". I have been on a bit of a painting disaster run lately. I want better results. No - I demand better results! I noticed that my attitude has a specific pattern. When I first started picking up paint a few months ago, I thought everything was wonderful. "Oooh.. look at that!" Every brush stroke was a marvelous surprise and I loved everything I painted. (Just because I painted it) I enjoyed painting. I enjoyed the results of painting. I loved all the colors! When the new wears off and I start upping the ante on quality I hate absolutely everything I do. (and did) As I discovered in drawing, the root of the problem is not subject matter or even in my ability. I become impatient that now that I have figured a few things out, why must I continually be in practice mode. Where is the dang masterpiece? I want to skip the steps between learning the initial basics and masterpiece. I want things like perspective to come easy to me once I have done a correct perspective drawing - for example. I want sketching to be a simple task after a page of sketches. I am probably not going to ever see that happen. I will probably have to go to Plan B: "Be patient" It is easy to do that with anyone but myself.
After a few months' practice, David lamented to his teacher 'But I can hear the music so much better in my head than I can get out of my fingers'. To whichs the master replied, 'What makes you think that ever changes?' - Art and Fear (Page 14-15)
I really like the shadow shape on the wall that this belt makes when the light hits it. I think this would be a great part of a still life. I didn't quite find the cream color I was looking for, but for the sake of time and the lack of good light to work under I used what I had mixed up. This was to be more of a proportion study than anything and I did a little better in the initial drawing than I have been able to accomplish lately.
I am getting quite a collection of "Things you find in my garage". I enjoy painting out there. I don't enjoy the heat, but that is a small thing compared to the endless supply of subject matter and the great view out the garage door. It is quiet and peaceful out there. Last night it was me, a tool belt and ZZTop. It was pouring outside and I left the garage door open to let it cool off.
Eternal Wait - I finally quit fidgeting with this one. It is #graphite on 8.5x11 smooth bristol board. It is nice to get something to a finish. No matter where I roam in media, graphite will always be my true love. I will be taking this to #Shakedown3 this weekend if you want to see it in person. #art #artist #drawingvia Instagram
A closer look at the same pose. I notice that #art is a lot like writing. The rough sketch is the idea. The second sketch is like the initial edit. The more I draw the same #sketch the more solid the ideas become. I bet the pros know this, but I am just discovering the power of a redraw. #art #artist #sketchbook #drawingvia Instagram