Thursday, February 17, 2011

On the easel..polar opposites

Bald eagle on the easel.
I was talking to my husband last night about hearing other artists say they work 10 and 12 hour days in the studio. I have to say because of the manner and style in which I work I am exhausted after four or five hours of painting. So many tedious strokes with tiny brushes, so much concentration on mixing color and checking, rechecking proportion.

I have had a 48" x 36" canvas with a half finished portrait of Jeff Buckley on it following me around for several years. About my front door in the foyer is a large high wall I thought I would paint something for....I am not sure what I will do from here. Maybe a silhouette of abstract artist friends are probably thinking I shouldn't quit my day job in realism....
I love all genres of art. Abstraction is pretty sophisticated, so I call this free painting at best. But I love it so far. It is a completely opposite process from painting, say, the bald eagle. Anyway, let's see what happens.

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