Sunday, January 2, 2011

Jar and Pear

"Jar and Pear", 8 x 8 In, Oil on Museum Board
I'm going to start my new year of blogging with this modest little painting done late in the day as the natural light from my skylight was diminishing. Ovanes once commented that a student should do 20 or 25 paintings a day and it made me wonder seriously if he had actually ever done that. I think the most I have done (other than quick sketches in a class) was seven small paintings in a day and at the end of that day I was exhausted. But it is good to do a second painting in a day because after the first one, I give a big sigh of relief and realize that now I can do whatever I want! And if both turn out OK, then the next day I will feel even more experimental. Such is the psychology of painting ahead!

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  1. Twenty paintings a day? I like your ideas better.
    Really like the color combination and thick application of paint in this piece.
    Hope your 2011 brings great things!

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog Kathryn. I like the juicy brushwork and paint application in this one. Good to have something to shoot for but 20 to 25 a day!

  3. Hi Carol and Amanda--it was a pretty interesting comment but I have seen Ovanes on several occasions do the major part of a 40 x 60 canvas in 2.5 hours and in the field once he did two maybe 16 x 20 canvases in the time it took me to get through half of a much smaller one, and I'm a pretty fast painter. I have to remember to ask about that next time I take a workshop!