Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Winter dark, and short days...

The month has nearly gone...   I have been busy this month, trying to work on a few new paintings, but I'm not happy with them at the moment.  I have sorted a few pieces out for an upcoming show next week, but I need a few more fresh works as I'm hoping to sell a couple coming up to Christmas.
The weather has turned cold, and the days are short.   It seems the day has half gone by the time the heater warms up my studio.  Even with good artificial lighting I don't like working when the natural light has gone, particularly when working on landscape paintings.  I used to switch to still life work in the winter months to allow for this, but in recent years I haven't wanted to paint any studio sets, apart from my dalliance into fish last year.
At this rate though I may just decide to paint a few more fish before the spring.  With the current temperatures I won't even need to keep them in the 'fridge while I am working... speaking of which, I have a few nice herring in the freezer.  

3 comments:

Steve Kohr Fine Art said...

Hi Greg - wondering what you do when you're not happy with the progress of your paintings. There are times I just plow through, and other times where I've placed it aside for days, weeks, or months and later on come back to it. I think putting it aside for a while helps me out more. One thing I've noticed is when I do run into issues where I don't like how something is coming along, it's usually because I didn't do a good enough line drawing/value study first - I'm just too anxious to get started!

Greg Long said...

Steve, I'm much the same, I either work through them, or if that doesn't work I leave them aside. occasionally I just bin them.
I think we just lose focus sometimes.

Steve Kohr Fine Art said...

Indeed! For paintings that don't 'make the cut,' I often take leftover paint and throw it all over the canvas creating an interesting abstract painting that looks nothing like a landscape, lol!