Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Best-Laid Plans . . .Gang Aft Agly

In August, I promised, on this blog, to start painting again, and to begin with a scene of California Poppies by Laguna Lake, here in San Luis Obispo. I did that painting as I promised, but failed to keep my promise to post it here.

I've been working on my second painting since August. Foolish me, I embarked on a scene of "Dawn in the Country," which turned out to be more difficult than I expected. A dawn scene requires using gray, and the presence of gray does odd things to the colors, sometimes bringing forth colors you don't expect and don't want. I have learned a lot doing this project, and finally feel happy with the results.

I'm not sure I know, yet, how to photograph my paintings properly in order to post them here, but I will dive in and see what happens. Depending on my success, my first painting, "Poppies by Laguna Lake," and this recent one, "Dawn in the Country," will be posted some day next week. Then, I'll start a new painting.

I thinks it's wonderful that I was able to conquer my long-standing painter's block by challenging myself in public on this blog! (Read earlier posts.) It worked! Now I paint every day, only missing if events beyond my control interfere. I am happier than I could ever say to be painting again!


  1. I am so glad you are in improved health and back at blogging! My husband is an artist and I know exactly about the 'blocks' that come up, the necessity of scheduling time to paint, and the many sketches and smaller 'studies' that he does before tackling the intended piece of art. He just finished a small painting to 'practice' getting skin tones right for a large painting. And what a nice surprise; the small practice painting is able to stand on it's own as a very interesting piece of work.

  2. Oh yes ... and a Merry Christmas to you too Troy!
    Thank you for your blog comment. Our power did stay on through the night and it is so nice to be sitting on the couch with my laptop, coffee in hand and the furnace whirring away. Outside is a winter wonderland and the temperature is a chilly 28.

  3. I hope you are keeping warm and dry, and that you will have a wonderful year.