"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Ballerinas are Taking a Break-Back to Steeplechase
Weeks and weeks of struggle have gone by where I have wiped off untold numbers of painting attempts. This has happened to me before but perhaps not so profoundly as this time. The only way I can describe it is to say that the paint feels alien to me and I no longer have any rapport with it. I am hoping that I have emerged and can regain some confidence again. I am pleased with the painting of the steeplechase mishap above - and relieved to have experienced a sense of familiarity with my brushes, paint and canvas when painting it. It is 20x24 oil on linen board.
This is a quick oil study done on heavy brown paper as an attempt to force myself out of my painting slump.
Through all of my struggles, I continued to attend life drawing whenever possible. It has really kept me going and given me the strength to survive the painting slump. The drawing above was a wonderful opportunity at foreshortening and I had fun with the white charcoal pencil on the next two drawings of Tom.