Friday, March 18, 2011

Which Comes First...?

Well, spring is just about here and I couldn't help myself. I wanted to see if I could control a colorful set up, be more conscious of trying to use one color per stroke (not there yet!), and how to achieve transitions using this technique. I'm still finding my way!

Which brings us to the totally metaphorical title.
Do you go through periods where you think you're "getting it" and then suddenly you're certain you know absolutely nothing about painting? When I reach that point I try to be kind to myself (it's not always easy) and just keep working. I tell myself that eventually I'll master some small aspect of the painting problem and I'll be a better painter for all the struggle! I HAVE seen it happen!

I'm at a point where as some say about art, "I know what I like," but I have to finish with: I don't yet know how to do it. AND, I'm not certain what "my painting voice" is yet, since I can point to several artists whose very different painting styles I admire so much (some of you know who you are). My artist friend, Sarajean Graham, and I have hatched a plan: to embark on an organized course of self-education. Together we're going to examine things we've wondered about, groused about and struggled with. We plan to conquer them! Stay tuned. (and do wish us luck!)

Happy Spring!


Linda Popple said...

This is a really cute painting and I like all your spring colors.

I know what you mean by periods of feeling like you know nothing! So I am really looking forward to reading what you Sarajean learn. Good luck!!

Robin said...

Hi Pam - love your painting. I talked to Sarajean Wednesday and like your plan - hope to join you!

Judy Hartman said...

I love the painting, Pam, and wish you luck with your plan. Although we pursue different types of art, you are a big inspiration for me!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Very nice paintings here, Pam. As for all those questions, we all go through it over and over in cycles. You're right, just keep painting.

Jean Townsend said...

Pam, this is great! Lightly done but everything in its place, not overworked a bit. You're cooking!

Lorraine Shirkus said...

I know first-hand what you mean! Each time I think I've found my painting "voice" when I try to handle paint that way again, it doesn't cooperate. There's so much brain stuff to learn and then the creativity part and it's so hard to marry them up! I'm just assuming that at some point they will.
This is really a nice painting, Pam! Love your colors and especially like the contour green shadow on the chick.