|LITTLE OAK 12x16 oil on canvas panel|
I went from happy anticipation during the first dozen to "Just go out there and paint.", after about three dozen. Then it was, "What am I doing? I've painted everything out here that I'm interested in!". I had to dig deeper, and the edge had long gone where I was intimidated by painting duds. I thought I already knew this, but the lesson was really coming home that you've gotta paint a lot of duds to get better. So, I began inventing, using the scene in front of me as the reference material for what I want to say. After a bit of this, it started getting to be more fun, and it began to look like there's all kinds of great stuff out there to make paintings from. By the time I got into the sixties, I was starting to get the hang of it. I still paint the duds now and then, but hey, that's part of the deal with going out to do studies. The thing is, now I come back home with stuff I want to paint from in the studio. I'll probably finish up my 100 studies this year, and then I'll see what's next.