Monday, February 10, 2014

Uninterrupted Studio Time

Very focused this weekend. There are times when the studio needs to be off limits to all but me, and this was that weekend. Finished a wonderful antique-ish piece !  And I started a new one that is really making me happy with every brush stroke. I completed a Rufus Porter inspired painting (16x20) and it came out just as I had hoped. Trying to make a copy of an American Folk art painting from the 1800's is a unique challenge. To achieve the folk or primitive appearance you need to fight the inclination to paint correctly or to paint the way a skilled artist would paint. I admire early American folk art so much but I have to think very hard as I paint, to stroke the canvas as the original artist would have, not as a present day artist would. The true beauty lies in the naive approach.

This painting will be in my ETSY shop soon....  The next painting is in the very beginning stages but hopefully I will have time to finish this one within a few days.

Book recommendation :  How to Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

Quote of the day: “The thing is: It takes a lot of energy to be creative. You don’t have that energy if you waste it on other stuff.”― Austin KleonSteal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

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