Always have a camera with me- my iphone - so I can capture interesting spots. Here is a scene I see everywhere here at the SC coast, and one of the small paintings done with this subject in mind. I just love the lines and curls; I am doing several of these small studies, each one different in mood.
I really LOVE the beach and all the sea oats and grasses in the dunes and marshes. When I am at the beach , which I am lucky enough to be able to do often, I can't resist painting the textures of the surroundings. Doing small, quick studies of impressions of the area give me lots of material to work larger paintings.
In keeping with my last post about working towards a painting a week, I am doing some small 6x6 inch canvas paintings working with mark making.
I have tried to do a painting a day several different times over the past few years. I always get sidetracked by other obligations, shows, family etc. I have just become acquainted with Duane Keiser and his Painting A Day program. What a great idea and how well he has done this! I am inspired by what he has done and would like to use some of his ideas and adapt them to what I could reasonably do; ie, I may have to do one painting a week if I can't manage one a day. I think I will work on this! For those who are interested, his website is www.duanekeiser.com.
I have been painting for many years in several different media and have won awards in juried shows and had one-woman and small group shows. The learning aspect of painting has been a great joy and driving force for me. For the past few years I have become interested in abstract work and have been studying how to understand abstract work and how to do it.