Winter Wild 16" x 16" oil on wood panel
I had a hard time photographing this painting as it's pouring rain outside, but I did my best as I need to look at it analytically before it dries. I can't do that with the painting itself, just after finishing it, because I am still too close to the process. Digital photography is such a great tool because it means I can immediately place the image in a new context, allowing me to be more objective.
As you can see, I'm in experimental mode. Greg reminded me that "you need to just follow where your paintbrush leads you right now". He knows that I hit a bunch of brick walls last year (or maybe it was the same one over and over) and need to explore a lot of half-formed ideas before I commit to a new path. That new path just may end up being an old path. In any case, I'm not making any decisions until I've played a bit longer.
It helps that I'm taking another in an ongoing series of Facebook recesses. It means I can't get the feedback I like on my work but it sure allows me to focus better. And I'm taking some time to look at blogs again which I am really enjoying. It's like the difference between reading newspaper headlines and sinking into a novel: one feeds the immediate need for distraction; the other feeds something broader and deeper. Bloggers: keep doing what you're doing. It works.