Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Anniversary in Italy- 5 x 7" Pastel

Today is a mini-milestone: I have been doing a painting a day for one month now. I admire the artists who have been at it for many months, and now I know why they keep at it. First of all, this discipline has helped me immensely, looking at other daily art and being inspired by it, trying new things and seeing what works and what doesn't.

But as for today's painting, it was a milestone for a different reason. After two still lifes I decided to do something with figures. This little vignette was from a photo I took in Venice...I really like the way the figures were backlit. But thus far, I have been the queen of literal painting...what I see is what I paint, for the most part. For this painting, I invented the background; it isn't perfect, but I am very happy I was finally able to make that leap creatively. I credit painting daily for that. Thanks for looking.

1 comment:

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Rhonda, what a great time I've had looking at your paintings. The back lighting in this is fabulous.
You learn so much by doing.