After a long hiatus from painting that lasted from spring through the end of 2016, I am finally back to painting. In addition to a busy summer that included painting walls and remodeling the kitchen, I also hit a painter's block that knocked me back on my heels. I wanted very much to paint, but felt fearful about picking up a paintbrush and actually applying paint to canvas. I wouldn't even check out the blogs and websites of my favorite painters; something that I normally enjoy. What that was all about, I don't know. It made me feel sad and angry and guilty, and was entirely self-imposed. My husband was supportive and encouraging. His suggestion was to just paint without judgement and without attempting to produce anything. That became my New Year's resolution and I'm happy to say it was enough to get me back on the horse.
For the next little while I'm going to focus on values as I paint. I've recently been following a first rate blog, Learning to See, written by artist, Paul Foxton. The blog contains a treasure trove of information on color and value and is well worth a look.
It feels so nice to be painting again. I wonder what took me so long!