|Still life with white pitcher...watercolor in progress!|
Saturday, October 30, 2010
It's About Time
I have recently been reading about the importance of doing still-life painting on a regular basis to hone skills. That has always sounded grueling to me, so I have opted for plein air painting, painting from photos, splashing paint on paper randomly, just about anything to avoid still life. However, I realize that usually what I avoid is what I need the most, and also that I need to do something to work on my problem areas (that covers a lot of ground!). So, last night I decided to bite the bullet and "just do it." I set up a small still life and, working in watercolor, began to paint a little study it. I actually had FUN! I've decided to do the same study in oil. Maybe I'll finish them, maybe I won't. But I can already feel the energy and excitement building within me. I guess this really is what I needed. Go figure!