|After the Party, 20x24 plein air|
......I don't understand, but today's 'stumper' is one I've heard other artists mention. It's this: How are there days when absolutely nothing works (and it may go on for a week or more) and other days when the whole painting process is easy and satisfying with half the work?
Last Thursday was one of those days. In the morning I painted the portrait below. In the afternoon, after a great 'Nancy lunch' (picture the French countryside with a table set outdoors, wine, fresh home made soup, music and more, plus great art friends laughing and clowning around). We all began clearing the table but I shouted 'Stop!', ran to the car for a larger panel and painted. Others drew.
After about 90 minutes I had to leave but had gotten most of this finished. It was easy. There was no painting angst. Like the portrait of the morning, my hand just took over and did it. It felt like I was just an involved spectator.
So how does that happen? And why can't I do that every day? Is it some sort of mind set or did the leaves in my tea suddenly align? I'm thinking that, when it happens, I've been able to get out of my own way, not tripping over my own artistic feet. I just want to know the mental trickery to have it happen more often.
If you are an artist or musician, do you also have those kinds of days?
This is my friend Alec the Model Maker. He works with architects, creating scale models of their buildings so clients can get a better feel for the structures. He is an artist in his own right. We are going to do a larger painting inside his shop while he works on his models.
I'll be back.... and don't forget! Marker Drawing workshop on May 18th! Go to the Winslow Art Center to sign up.