|Foggy Day At Elephant Rock 8x10 O/L|
I have no real reason for it... but it's there. I imagine we all go through phases like this.
Good things are happening in life. My daughter had a wonderful healthy baby daughter yesterday. Everyone is doing well. The immediate family is doing fine. Both artwork pieces that I entered into a show in a new venue were accepted.. I have no excuse for the anxious feelings I have.
They are just there. Perhaps I need to do what Robert Genn suggested in his blog a few posts ago and don a wizard's hat to fool myself into believing that I CAN do it.
HOWEVER... when I get out and paint outside.. I can forget my self doubts, anxieties and frustrations. I can just have fun. I went out with my friend Diane Nelson-Gold the week before last. I haven't spent much time with her because our schedules aren't the same so it was good to get together. We went to a spot she likes. I am so impressed with how her work is blossoming... makes me feel like a snail with my progress. But no matter. Progress of any kind is welcome.
We both decided to work on getting the values right. I tried the value sketch that my blogging friend, Russell Black, keeps telling me to use. I know it really helps many, many painters, but I have to say.. it just doesn't do anything for me. I much prefer blocking in the 3 values with umber or another neutral as I've learned to do in David Gallup's class. The thing I need to do better is stick with my initial plan. That's pretty much what I did.
Diane and I both chatted happily away and had a grand time. The fog came in shortly after we arrived down on the sandy beach at El Matador. We had seen it from a distance when we first arrived, but by the time we decided to set up it was upon us. It made the day pleasant but the light was fairly filtered, narrowing the values.
Although I was fairly happy with my plein air piece, it was boring... no interesting color. I decided to add some color in but to keep the values the same when I worked on it at home. This is a close in view of the famous Elephant Rock at El Matador State Beach in Malibu California. (Another view from the opposite side is posted on the right.)