Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Blogs are for exhibitionists! In the past, in my studio, I would have been wary and a little unsettled, as tho there would be a jinx, maybe even slightly embarassed, to have someone walk in and see a half-finished painting like this one, but now I could hardly wait to expose it. Maybe it's partly that I'm so glad to be painting again.
So what you see is about halfway through the process, what I could do in a couple of hours, including one spent stretching the canvas. (This one is 36" by 42".) The tree is a winesap apple, heavily laden this year with delicious fruit.
Last spring we had a horrific late freeze that killed some trees, and blasted every apple blossom black. This spring the trees must have been determined to make up for lost time & made so many apples that many limbs broke off under the weight.
We all overcorrect at times, swinging a bit wildly on life's pendulum.
I decided I'd paint without my glasses. They don't really help anyway, since there's no one field of focus in the sort of paintings I do, and besides they're annoying and painting, for me, is a great pleasure, even when it is difficult. Here's my palette, an old dinner plate, and the brush I used - hog bristle, just one. I'll let this dry for a day and finish it up in another session later this week.