I'm calling this new series I am doing - Back to the Basics, but what I realized is I am really painting ingredients needed to make cookies. Maybe that's whats really on my mind! Ha! These single subject still life paintings are great to experiment with color and brushwork AND they are small so I can manage to finish one with the little free time I have.
Harvey and I are figuring out how to balance our time. His current favorites are his jumper and play mat. This seems to give me at least an hour to paint. Then it's intermittent until his bed time. It's not ideal when your trying to concentrate and observe, but it's training me to be flexible. I've realized the breaks give me a better perspective on my painting when I step back into it. I've been picking up on mistakes and adjustments sooner because I am forced to take breaks.
Carol Marine's Daily Painter book has been on my mind as I work on these small pieces. She got started on Daily Paintings after she had a child and was trying to work around being a mom and painter. It's a good read with a lot of constructive teaching. Also plenty of new ideas to try if your in a slump.
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