I got a late start into the studio today. Not sure why. Not sure what I was doing. I think I pace a lot. I leave the studio and do who knows what. If I could make an invention that would help me paint, it would be to have some kind of an electric jolt zap me as I approach the door, whenever I try to leave my studio to visit the kitchen, yard, or my laptop in the other room. That way I would be forced to stay in my studio and focus.
I worked on the middle shutter first. I wanted to work on the shutter first because it would require the most concentration on all the little lines and I needed to focus on the perspective.
Next, I worked on the flowers hanging on the terrace. I couldn’t wait to get to add a pop of color to the painting….so fun!!
To add the flowers, I began by laying down a very dark green in the darkest areas. I went over that smudging as I went with an olive green. Next, I added spots of color with two different brighter greens as I moved away from the darkest areas. Adding the flowers required my softest pastels. To add the blue/purple flowers, I tapped a soft bright purple/blue shade all over the basket area. Then I went over that again tapping with a lighter blue/purple. I finished up with a soft blue highlight. It is really only a suggestion of flowers but that is all that is needed to suggest a full basket.
I continued to work across the balcony adding flowers and then added a few spindles of wrought iron. I finished up the day with the pots and some greenery.
All in all it was a good day. The painting is half way finished!!
Tomorrow will be a full day. I will again need to fight distraction tomorrow. Between dropping off 3 paintings to a local show (more info on that in a few days) and playing chauffeur to one of my kids for 90 min or so in the afternoon, I will need to really focus during the few hours I will have in the studio….I think I can, I think I can…
See you tomorrow!!