It isn't really easy for me to choose what to paint every day, but once I have a path or theme, I'm on it. Like this series A to Z - I have no idea when I start my day and proceed to browse the thousands of photos I've taken for years until I zero in on a couple of possibilities. Then I think which one do I have the desire to tackle today. This series makes me think, it forces me to paint faster and looser and I play with different formats and use panels I've set aside for a long time. All a good thing.
From the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, years ago, when 'Tiber' was loaned from the Louvre.
I'm back to painting in my spankin' clean studio - with this new addition to my series A to Z. I played with a different technique, using a white ground rather than black, painting different values of a grey-umber then scratching and washing and wiping out areas. I love it.
From the industrial district outside of Seattle, Washington.
I loaded on the paint with a palette knife for texture and richer color - very fun to do and good practice. My palette is empty and that's a sign to take a break and give my studio a good spring cleaning and watch some baseball. Preferably with a hot dog. I'll be back soon with the rest of the series.
A new addition to my series A to Z- a Ballpark hot dog with mustard and relish, just the way I like it.
"You should keep on painting no matter how difficult it is, because this is all part of experience, and the more experience you have, the better it is... unless it kills you, and then you know you have gone too far." ~ Alice Neel
"If I had the energy, I would have done it all over the country" - Edward Hopper
"It's what you carry to an object that counts." - Andrew Wyeth
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