It's great to have nice weather and nice light to work with.
Thanks to Janelle, she gave me a new idea for the gouaches! She suggested I leave the tape on, instead of tearing it off, which I have been doing to give the images a nice, crisp edge.
So now I am painting over the tape, and they have become something else-- I like them a lot.
This is a great example of always being open to surprises and new and different ways of expressing yourself. I can't stay stuck in a rut- in one way of doing things, just because it worked before.
Every piece is a new challenge. It doesn't matter what size it is, big or small.
The thing is to do something in a traditional manner, but to instill something fresh and unexpected.
Anyway, that was my training.
|Surrounded by fava bean fields.|
My style is to work fast and fresh, immediate. I don't want to have time to think. I have to, and want to feel the landscape with my own colors.
Here I've found a particular area with lots to inspire me.
|Simple line sketch to begin. You don't need much,|
you just have to let the paint do the talking.
|Different location on the same day.|
Below, you can see the new style of painting over the tape on these small gouaches of mine.
I think they are very exciting.
Thanks to the Muse!
On another warm day, I revisited this spot I had painted at 2 years ago.
Back then, they were 8X8 inch oil paintings. I painted 2 versions of these same trees.
Here I am working in the new gouache style, smaller, maybe about 4X4 inches each. If I am lucky, I can translate these smaller pieces into larger paintings back home in the studio.
In the pictures below, you can see the tape, and the painting over it again. I ended up doing 3 versions of these trees from the same spot.
|After this work, we'll go for lunch.|
|Outdoor Studio, Umbria Style.|
A short video of me working in the field.
Janelle likes to make these.