I've probably said this way too much already, but having lots of natural light in my studio has inspired me to paint so much more. Believe me, I would paint 24hrs a day if the sun were up that long, but having a bright studio is as close as I can get to extending my daylight hours so I'll take it! It's incredibly refreshing to be here. In my last studio, it was a "garden level" apartment, which sounds charming and quaint (and it really, really was at times,) but in reality it's more like a basement. It also only had just one window with another building just a few ft. away . . . can you imagine my weeping eyes when it became dark in my studio at 3pm in the afternoon? The struggle. ;) But it's made me appreciate this light so much more than I think I would having not been in that other, dark little studio for a year. Win-win, right?
I'm learning that another way to stay inspired to paint, besides having great lighting, is to set up a still life at ALL times so there is always something ready to paint in an instant. That's what happened with these sunflowers. I had gone to Trader Joes early in the week and bought a plethora of fruits and stems of fresh flowers for a still life. After painting another still life I decided to not take the set up down. Instead, I rearranged the objects into a different composition so that it would be ready to be painted again the next day. Sometimes the prep work behind the painting can be un-motivating; it's hard to get going and prep a canvas, set up a still life (or photograph a model/object/landscape etc.,) sketch out the composition, made design notes ... and then finally start painting. When I returned to my studio the following morning, I can almost promise that I heard those sunflowers peeping at me saying, "paint me! paint me!" ;) And from there, well, the rest is history.
I hope you've enjoyed my recent posts featuring my newest work. Don't forget that this Thursday, June 25th, I will be adding new originals to my online gallery and shop! Links, details, and more information coming soon. Be sure to follow me on my Facebook page or Instagram . . . and my new Twitter account just for my art!!! YAY! I try to add different content to each, but updates for the new originals coming to my shop will be on all social media platforms.
Lastly, I'm hoping to post more guides and tutorials on my blog this next month. What do YOU want to see? Leave a comment below! I would love to hear!
The painting shown above is titled Sunflowers & Eucalyptus. 12x12in. Oil on clay board.