Monday, March 21, 2011

"Boots" 14" x 11" oil on linen


I cannot believe it snowed this morning... only an inch. Actually it was really pretty. So I was prepared for major bad when I went to do errands. The snow turned to rain and made being outdoors an uncomfortable mess. I need to get out of my "oh, it's almost dark outside, so time to wrap-it-up" mode. It begins around 3 PM, which I then struggle to make productive the rest of the day. Yesterday I started this painting around 4:30 and managed to work out the drawing part in 2 hours, but once again today I found myself  finishing up about 3:30 with nothing else to work on. At that point, it's kinda late to start something else, when I have to struggle for ideas anyway. Starting, I find, is the most difficult stage of a painting for me. Not the painting part, but coming up with ideas. If anyone has any tricks to help them along, I would love some ideas. Of course, I'm probably looking at the obvious in front of me instead of digging around in my cupboards for fresh, new stuff. When the light floods into my bathroom at the end of a sunny day, I see lots of potential. But when daylight wraps it up, I feel lost. I feel "sundowners syndrome" at the end of the day. I'm still on a high from, hopefully, a good day of painting. Why can I not sustain it for another 2 or 3 hours?

5 comments:

LindaHunt said...

This is a wonderful painting...love the rich warm colors and the interest that you achieve with 'boots'.
I am with you...I find it really very difficult at times to know what to paint and then arranging it is even worse. I thought that I was the only one! I wish it came easier.

martinealison said...

Très joli travail... Ces bottines donnent l'impression d'avoir parcouru de belles promenades... elles sont heureuses de souffler un peu!
Vous aussi profiter d'un moment de répit pour vous ressourcer...
Gros bisous à vous.

dulcy said...

Love the boots. I've always liked painted portraits of shoes for some reason. Do you do any photography? I'm thinking that it might give you more opportunities to capture something great with the right light, and then paint from it later. I'm sure you've already done or at least thought of this. I really adore all the work I've seen on your blog. I haven't been working on my current pastel all week. I've got this big rug project going and I really want to get it done. I'm mostly doing background right now and that can get a bit boring, but the effect of the background color with the motif is gorgeous, and that keeps me going!

susan jenkins said...

I see nothing wrong with your painting "jump". The blue space is the space left for the egg to jump!I like it very much, the whole set up,my eye is comforatable wandering around, very nice!

Susan

Angela said...

These boots have such character. Rich warm colors make them even better