Monday, January 31, 2011
The Evolution of a Painting....without reference photos!
I am working on exercises that will help me break free from relying too heavily on my reference photos. I am trying to paint more from my plein air studies for starters. But I am also trying other exercises which I shared yesterday with my students at my monthly mini workshop. For the paintings that I am posting today I allowed myself to use the reference photo for the first (top) painting. I then did three more versions, all of them are 5x7. I put the photo away and for each version I let the previous painting guide me. They each evolved with changes in design and colors. It was very liberating to be free of the photo. We sometimes get too caught up in copying the photo and it can cause so many problems as well as frustration. This was a fun exercise and I may just do a few more versions! By the way, I want to thank everyone that came to the studio yesterday for the workshop. I had so much fun and hope you all did as well!
These paintings are available for $75 each. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.