Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Having a blog is a great motivating tool for me. I know without doubt that if I hadn't set up my painting blog in August last year, my weekly painting habit would have bitten the dust long ago. Having made a commitment in public (initially to an audience of one - or maybe less) that I would endeavour to paint for a few hours every week, I felt compelled to keep my word.
With blog-post expectations breathing down my neck each week, there was none of this nonsense of just waiting around for inspiration to bite me, no, I just had to get on with it.
At the same time I have also been writing, so free time for procrastinating is not thick on the ground.
I feared that I might not finish this painting that I have been working on today, so I thought if I posted it, then I would feel compelled to finish it off. I still intend to improve on what is already there, and add a few more pieces on to the table. I'm just not sure what to add and where to put it as yet. I have been working from this photo I took a couple of weeks ago.
I think I am being a little optimistic at being able to invent and move things around as I just don't have the skills yet to get shadows and tone right on things I can see, let alone things I'm fabricating. I would love some lessons in still-life composition and in how to loosen up. I see so many amazing blogs of people who do fantastic still-life paintings. I aspire to being somewhere in the vicinity of their talent one of these days.