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Day 2 of my kohlrabi painting.
A new kohlrabi had to be set up so I could continue with my painting and this really "messy" stage is often where an artist can easily "give up" but I press on. The only problem is that this isn't the dear kohlrabi that I tried to paint last week but the colours are virtually the same. So, using the new kohlrabi for colour, tone, hue reference and then just observing the personality and attitude of the object, I try to pick up where I left off last week. 2 hours later and it is time to pack up and set off for home with the realization that I still haven't finished the (blessed kohlrabi) piece and next week there will (hopefully) be a new kohlrabi waiting for me. Maybe I can finish the background before then. The relationship between the background and the still life object is the difficult part to get right. As I get into my car to drive home, I feel so happy, life is good, really good.
This is the first part of my artist blog where I will try to show the process that artists go through on a daily basis. The trials, tribulations and sheer strength that we sometimes need to get back into the "zone" when things are not working out like we thought they would.
Other things that I will cover are:
These are a few of the questions that run through your mind before you start painting. Then the fun begins
Back at art classes and, wow, how fabulous it is to be back! Armed with a fistful of paint brushes, a blank canvas, mind filled with new creations and a bag filled with colourful oil paint. A blank canvas is....blank.... and invites a splash or two of colour. Planning a new piece is great fun but, when you go to an art class with a new painting in mind and find that your teacher has laid out the most gorgeously arranged still life (of kohlrabi in a glass vase) you come to a grinding halt because you just have to paint it. So, mind in a total back spin, you refocus your eye on what you want to put on the canvas, the mood of the setting and the intensity and balance that needs to be kept in mind. Okay, artistic jargon aside, I just love the mood that fills my mind at this point in the creation. So, colour, thinned out to drip down the canvas in rivulets, starts filling the canvas. This is how it starts, a journey begun until I can answer yes to the all important question, "is it finished"? This is the first stage of my "My Kohlrabi Moment"