Works in Progress
I’m trying to limit my computer time, along with my painting time, in order to let this shoulder issue work itself out. I’m not being very successful with any of that, I’m afraid. I may have to go back to sitting on the couch, watching TV, and reading. Meanwhile, in addition to a couple of new pieces almost finished (I think), I’ve been revisiting some work that’s been sitting for awhile. I rarely go back and rework a painting. But the last few days, I’ve been spending a little time here and there on this painting and that painting. It’s actually turning out to be an interesting exercise.
First the new ones…
One of my first attempts at a gouache painting this size was an old house, sitting on a windswept hill. The composition, and the color palette, was very similar to this painting. I’ve been wanting to address that look and feel again, and am attempting it with this old barn.
This is a narrow road running through Malabar Farm, near Mount Vernon, Ohio. For a small painting of such a simple subject, it has proven to be a challenge for me. Not sure why.
I started this one a few weeks ago. I reached a certain point, then leaned it against the wall for awhile. I’m reaching for an overcast, moody atmosphere here, and I’m also trying to decide just how much detail to put into the foreground weeds and grasses. I’m also concerned about all the horizontal stripes on the right side of the painting. This one may not fly, but we’ll see.
I’m not sure how long ago I did this painting. It may have been a couple of years ago. I guess I thought it was finished, because I had signed it. But then I put it away. It’s a scene from an old abandoned farm not far from where we live. I pulled it out over the weekend and realized it just didn’t have that strong value contrast I’m used to. So I’ve started retouching it. I think it has a nice little nostalgic feel to it.
And now that I’ve been typing, my arm is starting to nag at me, so I’ll stop. Just thought I’d share what I’ve been up to while trying not to do much.