I am working on two paintings. This slows the process down significantly. One is a winter scene and the other a summer scene, both paintings include water. Hopefully sometime today these will be completed. Taking a photo during the winter months is a challenge. The lighting is odd with cloud cover and even in full but low angle sun, I do not get good photo's of paintings indoors or out. Spring, summer and fall everything works splendidly.
I am also reading two art books. One is called "Brushwork" by Emile A. Gruppe. Wonderful book about painting, composition, and brushwork. I am struck by the simplicity of the Table of Contents. The chapters are titled, Rocks, Trees, Skies, Water, Roads, Buildings, Boats and so on. Simplicity in names and writing and most importantly, painting. The names of his completed paintings are also named with simplicity, for example: Shadows, Dairy Country, and My Daughter. Direct and simple, but extraordinary work as is this book.
The other book is by Edgar Payne and is called "Composition of Outdoor Painting". I have quotes all throughout this blog by Mr. Payne. Here is the first couple of sentences in the first chapter. This sets you up for his style of writing and his approach to painting.
All creative endeavor is toward a definite purpose. Therefore, it is imperative that we have a definite conception of this purpose as well as a clear understanding of the means that accomplish this end. Quality in fine pictures is dependent on a knowledge and a respect for the elements which create it.
These books and this blog are about painting and not about selling, bragging, marketing, all are boring and tiring subjects. Painting. Whenever a group of painters from my area get together conversations turn to marketing and bashing galleries. My resolution for this New Year is to focus on painting and quality, and to talk about painting and quality. When I am near, I will not brag or talk about selling, marketing or even gallery bashing.
We sell to keep going, but quality in painting comes first. That is what this is about and it is the only thing, oh and of course Buckley.