|Acrylic, Gloss & Pencil on paper, 8" x 10"|
I stopped painting last March. I stopped blogging. I did quit smoking cigarettes from the first of January till the end of July last year. Now I'm stuck with it for now. I've been stuck lately with other things. My sponsor told me that I needed to let my inner child play. So I turned to art books and postcards. I picked out a postcard with a photo of a Richard Diebenkorn painting called Ocean Park (Number 30). Then I looked for and found a book called The Art of Richard Diebenkorn, a book given to me by my mother years ago (along with many, many other great books she chose for me). I looked through the book for inspiration and insight and decided to base a simple painting on a few of the elements from the postcard. This is my first attempt. Here's Diebenkorn's image:
|Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park (Number 30)|
I think I will keep going with this painting, add more lines, vary the brushstrokes, maybe paint lighter tones over darker ones. I might try a series of these and vary the approach after the initial shapes, colors and values have been set up. I have stamps, patterned tape, watercolor pencils, various gels, collage pieces - a bunch of stuff to play around with.
My play has a serious edge to it. I think the child in me likes to study. I have to remember to take breaks the way I do when I'm studying my support books. Walk away to look again from a different place in time, in different light.