snapshot of work in progress
I’m finally back to real work in the studio. I hate long interludes where I can’t paint; I really lose my stride and it’s hard to regain it. On the other hand, I’ve been wanting to explore some new directions, and this recent break in continuity certainly provides that opportunity. This tends to happen every few years, due to one thing or another. And I’ve found my common first step to get back in the saddle is a still life – usually a conventional approach to start with, followed by lively disintegration into directions I’m more interested in.
Thus the acrylic and pastel in progress pictured above. Of course, the big news here is the re-introduction of pastel, after my focus on acrylics the last few years. I still feel more comfortable with a pastel rather than with a brush in my hand. And it feels a little awkward, trying to work in both at the same time. Even how to lay out my tools on the table is not obvious to me. I’m really stumbling around, which is the opposite of what I’m seeking. But it will get better.
There’s a set-up out there somewhere, a set of tools and an approach, that will let me just flow. I can feel it. I know it’s possible. I’m getting closer.