Monday, June 11, 2012

Where have I been?

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!


ME said...

Nice to see you here again. Sorry you're going through a rough patch. Hang in there!!!

Meredith Adler said...

Thanks, Mom. I am hanging in there. Very, very typical of me to paint something I like and then have a hard time painting for awhile. I wonder what that is? I guess maybe I raise the bar. In this case, I painted something I liked, but then decided the painting was too much like the photo and I need to INTERPRET. So, now I have a new challenge and not sure how to meet it. Anyway, thanks for listening. I'll be ok. I've interpreted photos before and will find my way again!

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