The weather was lousy this morning so I stayed inside and worked on not being so uptight. With these still life paintings I am deliberately (and at times desperately) trying to make something interesting out of something I find not-so-interesting. Exact likeness of these blocks wouldn’t be very interesting to me so I’m trying to describe them a little more poetically.
The first one wasn’t heading in the direction I wanted so I quit and started again.
Second one was a little better.
I still prefer my drawings to my paintings so I’m trying to push these more towards those, and the painting I’m seeing in my head still isn’t quite coming out yet. A lot of that may be from relying too heavily on my observation. I think I need to try doing some drawings and then not doing a painting until I’m able to turn away from the subject and only paint from the drawings. Drawing is not about how things look but about how you look at things. My painting isn’t there yet and I’m doubting I have the ability to get it where I want it. I need to draw more.