Sunday, July 26, 2009

Painting Today

Maybe I should take my blood pressure after painting...

Here I am with Louise (the paint brush) dreaming on the newly stretched Arches hot press. It's actually quite cool on my cheek, and so soothing with all the possibilities. I used to dread a blank page, but now I love it. I like to run my hand over it a few times, savoring it like taking a deep breath over a bowl of some comforting, delicious soup before you put your spoon in it for the first time.

Here are Louise and Abner. Louise painted my Dad yesterday. Today it's Abner's turn. Abner is older than Louise - perhaps you can tell. I brought Louise into the scene about six months ago, when Abner was having a little trouble with finer lines and corners. But he's a perfect pal for the kind of painting I'm planning today.

I went back through my photos of trees and woods, looking for one that would strike me. This one did, and I let it run through me and out the pencil. Fast. No thinking. Trees, light, the slope, rocks, moss, leaves, sun pricking through, branches in the way... No words, though, just the feelings of the things, and leaving out the things that I wish I could look past or around.

And then I painted it the same way. Fast, without fussing over it. The last hour was slow, looking at it and adding or subtracting. It's close to finished, I think. But I may tinker with it a little more once I get away from it and come back again.

5 comments:

Lisa said...

I want to walk right into that cool stand of trees. You look right at home with your brushes!

The Gypsy said...

Cute! You & your brushes.
I like the idea of painting fast as it comes and as you feel it. I imagine myself doing that .. but I never actually do that.
One day..

susan said...

The painting speaks of peace and quietude. I like it.

My favorite watercolor brush is the Windsor Newton Series 7 number 3. That's why it takes me so long.

June Saville said...

Abner did a great job Steve. Of course you deserve no credit for this lovely painting ...
June in Oz

linda said...

this is full of quiet contentment with a bit of moody contemplation...a bit of impatience, is my guess, especially when I read how you saw it coming...looking past or around what got in the way...

I wouldn't change a thing...but I probably would.. *grin*