If you saw my blog last week, you'll know that I painted my artistic ambition, a picture of the crucified Christ.
So where do I go from here?
Again the dancing days show me the way - straight from a medal test back to normal practise.
So straight from my ambition in art to practise pieces .. giving me time to think before starting a new painting - and that cooling down, warming up time is I think very necessary.
My last was very emotional - and I tend to paint from the heart anyway.
I need to feel a connection to paint something well. Sometimes that emotion needs a rest, so we have some practice pieces.
Two three minute warm ups.. painted from the cyclamen in my garden, no drawing, this is just for fun - not looking for perfection, just an impression
Painted from life, a beautiful plant given to me from a dear friend. The main leaves are green, but as spring arrives, it throws up pairs of pink leaves. It came in a beautiful pink hessian bag . Still not looking for perfection, but a little more control ..
Darkest leaves at the front, two colours mingling, mid tone above and the palest at the back to give a feeling of distance. Shadow under pot stroked in and then the edge brushed with clear water. Shadows help make a piece. Under ten minutes. Nice loose, practise.. flexing my brushes :)
Now a question for you - do you need to feel a connection before you paint something?
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