Sunday, June 20, 2010

Painter's Block

After four fairly awful paintings to start the season here in Maine, I decided to return to a familiar subject so I could get back to the basics. Sometimes you just can't pick up where you left off; you have to concentrate on the fundamentals, even if it means going backwards for a while.

This is a subject I've painted dozens of times. It is a simple composition with a single overlap and an interesting silhouette. Also I slowed down the painting process, staying lighter longer. Using familiar colors and glazes also made the painting sequence comfortable.

When facing painter's block, it might be helpful to make a short list of basic elements and principles that you want to include in your study. Don't try to paint your masterpiece; just paint a good solid painting using techniques that are already in your repertoire. The flash will return soon enough. It always does.

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