Photo by Chris Bundy 09/08Ok, second week back from northern New Mexico and the withdrawals are easing up. I know I'll eventually get to a stage where I'll be fully back in my mind and body but until that time I continue in my strange dream world. I'm trying to be funny here - one thing that's important to know about me is that I'm hardly ever too serious.
Last weekend I started on two new paintings and I plan to continue this weekend. I was a little under the weather early on this week and even though I have my stuff set up - haven't gotten back to the easel.
Do you know about the great web site for Daily Painters - http://www.dailypainters.com/? It was so exciting when I happened onto this site and found a group of people who were dedicated to at least trying to paint a small painting every day. I've been watching it for a little over a year now and it's amazing to see the progress that can be made from painting all the time.
Some of my favorite artists have broken off and created a group of their own, you can find them at http://www.dailypaintworks.com/. Be sure and check out Carol Marine and Karin Jurick. Also, Tom Brown - he paints with Winsor/Newton Artisan paints which are oil-based and water mixable. I like the idea of oil paint that can be thinned and cleaned up with water so I got some and have found that there is a learning curve. So far I think my problem is that I'm using too much water as I've found it difficult to get the thickness I want - sometimes things end up looking more like a watercolor - which isn't bad, but not what I'm trying to do. Anyway, I'll keep trying and I know I'll eventually come to terms with this medium.
As soon as my current paintings are somewhere beyond the block-in stage I'll post some pictures. I'll be painting a little this weekend but also will be visiting family as it's Father's Day weekend. Happy Father's Day to all of you out there, have a great weekend and keep painting or being creative in which ever way you choose.