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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Back in the Saddle Again

Tea and Oranges   oil   12 x 9 x .5
Oh, the altered reality of the holiday season!  The lights!  The sparkles!  The company of family members around the fire and the outdoor activities in the winter coldness!  The great food!  The special parties and events that occur only this once during the year!   I love each and every part of this season.

Enter the forgotten studio....the paint hardened on the palette....the tidied piles of creativity that lack the doing....this is scary stuff....approaching the blank canvas or paper for the first time in a while, which I liken to any activity that has gone dormant. 

I find that simple still lifes are the first step I need to take to find my strokes again....simple compositions that take little thought and household items at the ready.  The subjects for the still life are quite forgiving as regards draftsmanship.....who cares if the mug is a bit too wide?....the orange a bit smaller? 

This simple painting is my first exercise of the New Year 2018.  Happy New Year!