I didn't really want to do a post without a painting, but I feel like it has been long enough that I should say something. Two things have delayed my next ("long anticipated," I am sure!) painting:
1) Now that I am painting people, I am working from photos again instead of from life. I seem to have a much harder time painting a good painting from a photograph. The colors aren't right and the lighting isn't right. I want to INTERPRET a photo instead of copy a photo. However, I feel limited in my personal understanding of color, too limited to do a good interpretation unless I luck out. Which, with my current painting, is not in any way whatsoever happening. I've worked on it a few times now, and each time experience frustration with where to go with it. I started referring to the painting yesterday, while I was working on it, as the "bane of my existence." Hmmmmmm..... if a painting becomes the bane of an artist's existence, perhaps it is time to put it down for awhile and move on to another painting!
2) I also had a physical challenge last week that I will not bore you with. Suffice it to say I am better now, but was way not my best last week.
Thanks for bearing with me. I guess this is growing pains. Very frustrating, but I know with the help of my artistic support team I will get through this. I think. Yesterday I did have the thought that I could spare myself a bunch of trouble by giving up trying to make art, and with the money saved on supplies, I could just BUY art from other artists that I love!