Sunday, April 12, 2015
Everything But Frog, 12x16
Stumbling through the studio.....
......I literally fell into this painting from about a dozen years ago....(I really need to do some straightening up). It didn't break or tear, which was fortunate, but it did make me think that doing a lily pad series this summer would be interesting, especially if I approached it in a more abstract way. The ideas for that are beginning to flow. Stay tuned.
A few years ago we were touring Monet's estate, walking around his ponds, gardens, house and studio. It was a huge studio....more like a garage for buses. He painted his lily pad series, immense paintings that covered 12x20 foot walls, later in life when his eyesight was beginning to fail. He would do those pieces by running (well, maybe he didn't actually 'run') out to the ponds, taking a quick look, and returning to the studio to add what he could to those canvases.....day after day, week after week. I read somewhere that soon he was to lose his ability to even see color, still able to paint because he knew where the colors were supposed to be on his palette and what it took to mix new hues.
It was his initial 'concept' that kept it all going....plus a huge dose of experience and a dedicated talent.
So, taking a lesson from one of the Masters, I'm working on my ideas. I'm also working on where to find some lily pad ponds. Suggestions are welcome.
Thanks for looking.