Tuesday, March 09, 2010
I've had a few days off to revitalize and it does work. It refocuses my mind and frees me up to be creative without distractions and commitments. It was well planned in some ways as I'd fallen down the front steps at home one morning last week when it was very slippery and am only now is the pain easing up.
I'll still flit in and out of the blog while I get some pieces underway. As always I have more ideas than I have time or energy, so they're jotted down and will have to wait their turn. I've pulled out some oils again and played around with a quick portrait using a (mostly) Zorn palette.
The simplicity of having few colours to use tests my skills at mixing colour and makes me look more carefully at values and skintones. I like a change of medium too when I want my mind to change direction. Tight drawings for the last month demanded that I do something looser.
This piece took about 90 minutes without me overthinking or worrying about the outcome. I find that things often work out better if I don't consider the end result, but only the process. This is done on an 8 x 10 stretched cotton canvas and is of a friend of my daughter.