My ability to filter out visual stimuli, especially during that long transition period back into regular painting, is faulty. There is so much to love, so much access online to great artists, designers and photographers, that I feel completely overwhelmed. Kind of the opposite of creative block, there are a million avenues I want to run down. The faulty filtering happens when I have to focus enough to cut out all that good stuff and decide what (a) builds on what I have done in the past (i.e. it looks like my work!) and (b) will challenge me enough to keep me interested — but not enough to create overwhelming discouragement/failure at this early stage. There’s plenty of time for that later. Like when I have a studio!
I had two prepped canvases, and did these drawings in proportions to match, thinking it would be a ‘safe’ beginning. But just after deciding to start with the second one, I snapped a photo of a couple of crows on the wire outside my house and knew that the long, narrow format of the first canvas (though used horizontally rather than vertically) would suit the subject matter, and that the monochromatic values would also work for a fast, first alla prima painting. So I jumped in and did this:
My next move is to take my time, experiment with colour and tackle the second composition on canvas or, in this case, cradled wood panel prepped with a nice, smooth oil ground surface. Stay tuned!