I'm slowly building up darks. Need more on the inner part of the railing facing the chairs. Need more on the last two chairs. I know what my modus operandi is = leave nice whites with masking fluid and then make them all vanish once you get the brush in your hand. Have to fight with myself to NOT do that this time. I've already gotten too yellow in the railing than I wanted. I'm unsure what makes me get into this mode of "more paint, that will make it right," instead of the real essence of painting - which is "less is always more" and "leave some areas for the viewer to fill in so they can participate."
I was reading Robert Genn's weekly newsletter about Wabi-Sabi and leaving things undone, untouched...more for the viewer to participate. I don't seem able to do that - I want to explain every little detail to you although I'm not a detailed painter. I think part of it comes from my feeling like I should be doing something - working on something every day, not letting it sit and letting it tell me what it needs to finish, if anything.
I love to see more impressionistic work from artists in every medium...and yet I seem unable to create work like that because when I leave something undone my mental critic says, "You didn't finish that!"
I am promising myself that I will not touch that deck - leaving the pale yellow wash and the shadow shapes as is. But that railing now bothers me and I'll have to do something to tone down that yellow - but that means putting more color on because I can't seem to remove what's there. What to do, what to do? Why do people think painting is so much fun?
Read the Robert Genn newsletters from this week and last - very interesting stuff and perhaps the problem is it's not an American/European style built into us so we fight to simplify, omit, leave the hand of the artist in?
I think I'm going to veg out for a few days - our weather is going to be scorching again until Saturday - too hot and humid and sticky and blah to do anything but sit and read and drink cool drinks on the verandah :)