Saturday, August 28, 2010

Gettin' in the Groove

Chromatic Restaurant-6x8
$400 framed
available soon at Rowley Gallery

There's this weird component to painting that involves rhythm. and its something that i took for granted painting outside everyday. i just got up everyday, went outside, and painted. and i liked a little more than half of what i did out there. and they went smoothly for the most part. the problem was when it would rain or get cold (doesnt happen much now that i go to key west in the winter to escape it!) i'd hit the studio and paint. problem was that painting in a studio from photos is waaay different than plein air work. then i'd wonder why i wasnt as at-ease doing interiors or figurative work.
Having done all these interiors and figurative stuff consecutively, lately, i can feel that rhythm and confidence that i alway had doing my plein air stuff.
Added benefit of doing studio work day after day, its nice not to have to work outside in august here in NC where its 90 degrees with 90% humidity everyday. Not to mention- i can listen to Judge Joe and Judge Judy while i'm painting. i know.... its weird but you can halfway listen to the show and concentrate on the painting at the same time. the perfect balance.

1 comment:

DGehman said...

As a new outdoor painter ('en plain air'), I'm finding a rhythm in the setting up process.

This involves the tripod, the umbrella, on a windy day, a guy-rope or two for the latter, arranging the paints and brushes, pouring the medium... all that stuff.

All the while, I'm thinking about what I'm about to paint. And it's beneficial -- more thought put into capturing what I see.

Guess I'll have to make up some sort of ritual for studio time, rather than just walking up and painting -- maybe during the time I'm going over source photos?