ME reminded me tonight that I hadn't reflected on the "resolutions" I made in January, and she was right. Her reminder was welcomed because I had totally forgotten. Tonight, I told her, tonight I will write about how I did and reflect on what I need to do this month.
And that was my intention until I reflected on today. It was painting day, and how, I reasoned, could I not discuss the painting when it is so fresh in my mind? So, with apologies to ME, the discussion will be on the painting.
Last week I turned my attention from the first study (disaster) to the second. By the end of the painting day last week, things were looking up. Here's what I had at the end of last week (I'm showing it so you don't have to try scrolling back and forth):
This week the progress was slow. Very slow . . . and that's one of the lessons for today. Architectural painting is not something I can do quickly. I am able to paint things like the background more loosely now than when I began watercolors, but I find it almost impossible to transfer that loose brush stroke over to the building. I'm inhibited partly because, as always, I want it to be perfect. But also because this is relatively uncharted territory - painting a complex building in a way that gives a sense of its mass as well as the architectural details. All that and its simple beauty. I want to capture it all. And while trying to do that, I also want to comvey my sense of its importance to the community as well as its solitude. And how the heck am I going to get this all in one painting?
Here's today's work. The building is coming along, but I'm not so sure about all the rest.
Tomorrow? The easier stuff, I promise, ME.