“Rainclouds and Palms at Sunset”
Acrylic Paint on Canvas Panel
9″ x 12″
It took me a few days, but I was able to do what the muses had been nagging me to do: my first painting in many years.
My stage fright came from wanting to do something too detailed. I had to tell myself that I didn’t need to have that tightly controlled detail that I can achieve from a digitally created image. As it was, I did “sketch” the image first in Photoshop combining a couple of photographs I took myself. I decided to paint an image where I knew I could “let loose” with the paint with broad, sloppy brush strokes. Here are a couple of “in progress” images.
Also, I heeded the muses’ advice and just set up an impromptu studio on my bedroom floor.
I forgot how focused I get when I paint. There I was, squatted in the middle of the floor, listening to NPR, and getting totally lost in the painting.
It was quite a “Zen” experience.
L. Gloyd (c) 2009