returning to my roots with this project

haha I don’t have any roots. I’m a tumbleweed.

Once I drove Rt. 66 from Springfield MO. to Santa Monica CA. I was in OK. and I saw these dead looking shrubberies by the side of the road, which had no traffic. I thought they fell off a truck and wondered why they didn’t pick them up since they were on the road. Then I saw so many of them I thought, these have to be tumbleweeds.

This is my plan for the next painting, the second time I sketched it, this time larger. The chalk is sand and the chalk dots are sea oats.

That’s how you start a painting in the traditional process, do a detailed drawing on the paper or canvas. When I was sketching a few people walked across the path at the top of the meadow to the right of center and I decided to try to paint a figure in to give it scale. I had already sketched in some sea oats that rise up over the path from this view. I decided to erase them when I paint and put my person walking in that spot on the path. This step is the time to plan and change plans. If I started in a rush to slap down some paint without doing the sketch then the painting wouldn’t work out as I hoped. Where would I put my person in?

That’s the only roots I have, the traditional ways of painting that I learned long ago. Some times I tumble along in the breeze trying to paint like a modern artist. This time I’m going to use paint brushes and take my time on it, not skipping any steps.

5 thoughts on “returning to my roots with this project”

  1. It’s always important to have a “process” — and one that works for us. I’ve learned that there are many different ways to approach a painting, and I still try different things. Gradually, I’m finding what’s best for me. As long as your process works for you, that’s all that matters. 🙂

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    1. yes, there are so many processes. They’re interesting but it would be impossible to follow all of them. When mixing colors in plein air I like to hold up my palette knife with the mixed color and compare it to what I see. If anyone sees me doing that they might think I’m making an offering or something. hahaha I never saw anyone else hold up their palette knife and compare colors but it helps me decide if the color is too warm or cool light or dark etc.

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