Thursday, January 15, 2015
"Flowers and Grapefruits", 20x16"
My obsessive nature is getting the best of me. I repainted my last painting YET AGAIN. It's heavy from all the layers of paint underneath. I kept going back to it on my easel, and it just seemed static to me. It needed life and it needed even more color. I loaded up my brushes and went at it again.
A new blog follower (Hi Phyllis) told me that an artist friend of hers would share other artists' works on her blog, along with her own paintings. I love this idea, especially since I often have someone else's work on my mind as I'm developing my own paintings. Recently, I've been admiring Joan Mitchell's work, and I think it impacted today's piece quite a lot. Here is an example of her work:
As you can see, Joan Mitchell was an Abstract Expressionist. She painted nature in such a free and colorful way, I never get tired of looking at her paintings. She once said, "If I could paint like Matisse, I'd be in heaven". For my part, if I could take a drop of the excitement and spontaneity of her paintings and put them into mine, I'd be in heaven too.