I started and worked on this painting for two evenings prior to a house full of Christmas guest and never got back to it until tonight. When I began the painting, I felt it was going in the right direction but having left it alone for so long I feel like I've lost the original idea. I can't see what I originally had in my head anymore. So I'm going to turn it towards the wall for a month or more and hopefully, once I look at it with a fresh eye, I'll be able to finish it. But if anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate the input. (I prefer to paint on a linen canvas which I already painted on but never finished. In the first few images you can see the remains of a figure oil sketch.)
Painting is a passion similar to someone motivated to throw a perfect fast ball or win a marathon. It takes some natural abilities and a whole lot of work and determination to get it just right.
My inspiration to paint is from the beauty I see in my day to day life. Sometimes that amazing beauty is discovered in a simple bin of onions purchased from a farmers market, or the inspiration is found traveling through the southwest, beachcombing on the Jersey shore, or exploring through Spain. Regardless of where I am, there is always something wonderful to paint. As a result my paintings are mostly created ‘en plein air’meaning, on site and from direct observation, not from a photograph. During very cold winter months I will take my smaller plein air paintings and use several to create a larger piece. The common relationship shared between my plein air and studio paintings is that they were inspired from the simple beauty of our lives.
I feel quite blessed to have a loving family who overlooks my messiness while I am absorbed in a painting and on a quest to make one stunning piece of art.