Notes From My Painting Studio
When I am going through a poor stage of painting and floundering around, I like to get out my old books about painting and do some of the painting exercises therein. One of my favorite books is the Big Book of Painting Nature in Oils. I have had it for a long time and I love it. The author uses a reference photo on one side of the book and his painting on the other side. So fun! My paintings never look like his but that isn't really important. Some of the reference photos are easy to paint and others are difficult. I also love the Walter T Foster books. I had every one of them as a child painter and treasure them. I know this seems dumb to many of you but what it does, is free up my mind and allow me to paint just for pleasure. It takes me away from the awkwardness of slogging through process for awhile. When I m through with the books, I am relaxed and feeling like I am ready to move forward.
I also like to go through my own workshop materials and pretend that I am a student. I do all of the stuff I make them do as if I've never done it before.It is refreshing and renews my skill level. I am a life long student of painting and that is essential for growth and success. I would rather be a bad painter who thirsts for better skills than an excellent painter who has stopped growing.