Since we’ve moved to Weston where there are no tall buildings and the terrain is hilly, I’ve enjoyed the daily “cloud” shows. Almost every time I walk outside in the yard with the dogs, there is some kind of cloud display that is more amazing than the last cloud display. A long time ago, some friend or therapist or minister said that when one is troubled, just look “out”! In other words, look at the world around you! This is good advice for an artist or anyone who spends time thinking too much about all the “stuff” that needs to be done with work and chores etc. etc.
So, I’ve finally had time to just paint what I enjoy from day to day. It feels good to just paint freely for the sake of painting. It is hard to get very far from story telling….but I think I’ve kept that to a minimum.
I’m attempting to do more “fantasy” work…ie, I just make up a painting subject out of thin air, but sometimes someone makes an irresistable request…and how can I say no! A woman from the Carolina Care Bullies association called to ask us for a donation and I promised her I would make a painting that we could auction off on our face book page. The photo she sent was simply beautiful so I am happy to keep my promise! The photo was so Edward Hopper in feeling….and I think the painting looks a little E Hopper as well. I always have such great plans for what I can accomplish in a day…but maybe I should just let the day present my schedule and hope for the best. In the case of “Valentino” I’m glad that I put my own agenda on the bench for awhile. I’ll return to fantasy land tomorrow. That’s were the paint and the light and the music just lead to an unexpected result. The canvas is ready.