I really need for this endless cold, grey and damp winter to be over, mostly because I ran out of source material for my paintings, in other words there are no more digital photos laying around that I can use as subject matter for my artworks. I like to have a lot of color in my paintings, it just makes it a more enjoyable experience for me and using photos shot in the winter most likely means that I am going to be working with a not so cheery and limited palette, so I came up with a rule that I would only paint winter subjects in the summer time because it would be too depressing to be painting winter during winter.
Lets face it, I freaking hate winter, always have, everything outside is brown and dead, the only shots I would be interested in capturing would be freshly fallen snow maybe on a tree or a bush, but unfortunately if the snow is brand new this usually means that I am shoveling it away instead of trying to capture it in pixels. This winter I really had prepared badly, I thought I was all out of images for future paintings until I remembered these cellphone pictures I took on this one beautifully sunny day last summer when my son and I were hanging out on the grass in the shade by our local pool. Now that I think about it, that pool is becoming a great source for subjects for painting, I guess this is because I am always working or commuting or just running around and being at the pool is where I can just catch your breath from all the nasty things out there.
So I recharged this ancient cellphone expecting to find some great shots I had taken on this magnificent day but all I found was this one slightly blurred postage stamp sized photo I took of a clump of grass so I guess that was going to have to do. I just needed something to remind me that there are going to be warmer days again. I must say that I am really enjoying working on this one even though it lacks the orderly type of composition in a painting that I am usually looking for, there is just random chaos in it and it is filled with a fun kinetic energy that I am having a good time with. In the end, even though this acrylic painting is as busy as hell, I think I can turn it into a decent little work of art, not a major one however, but something I can use as ‘filler’ in my next show.
March 22, 2014