"Everybody knows a work of art takes at least an hour!" Lucy to Linus, (Peanuts)

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Working up some steam

       It is finally beginning to happen...every day I move closer to actually putting brush to canvas!  I now have a simple still life set up and feeling that rush of anticipation to actually start. Putting aside the continuing pain of my stupid ankle, leg, foot thing is much more possible when I'm focused on something else. (I do think I may have to revisit a doctor if this isn't feeling better in a week or so). 

       I'm going to use a limited palette and keep the design simple, on a small canvas (5x7). Working from the still life direct, not photos will also stimulate my thinking processes. This jug has been a favorite subject off and on for a couple of years. Once this is completed I should be well on my way to larger, more challenging stuff again. Just deciding today which lighting to use.

       It amazes me how easily and quickly the muse can disappear and how hard it can be to coax her back. 


  1. Hi Karen!... Good to see you edging your way back into your creative process. You're absolutely right: Creation is such a personal process... dependent upon many independent states of "readiness"... and variables.

    A- musing you will go! Seems you're well underway with your lighting and finely tuned composition!

    Good luck with it all!

    Good Painting... and continued Healing!
    Warmest regards,

  2. Oh my, Karen! This is going to be stunning!! (You have me itching to see how you handle this setup.) I like both lighting effects, truly, but prefer the first. Interestingly enough, I like the angle of the pitcher better in the second! LOL Yes, I do create these kinds of problems for myself in real life too! LOLOL

  3. Thanks! Yes, I think I also prefer the less contrasty lighting but the angle of the jug better in the second image...I have over a dozen shots so far, but intend to just work from the still life, not the photos. They help me decide where to place myself in front of the set up - I often use my camera as sketching tool.

  4. Yay! Can't wait to see it. :)) And I know what you mean about that dang muse. Fickle beast isn't she?

    I love all those subtle variations of white, it'll be so cool to see.