Monday, August 24, 2009
"Waiting" Sketch and leftover paints painting
Last week I met a friend for lunch. We met at the Hollywood Burger Bar and I got there first..so I sat at the bar. I needed something to do while I waited, so I sketched a woman there who was wearing very square glasses. Sketching makes the time go by so fast! Before I knew it my friend was there. The woman-subject caught my eye once and I read her thought..she wondered, "why are you looking at me?" I bet it is a little weird to be the subject of a sneaky sketcher.
Today I did a plein air painting (a landscape) that I am pretty happy with--but I put it away without photographing it. I have to let it sit for a day and look at it again. I have to doublecheck with myself about whether or not it is a good painting. I felt happy with it when I did it....but there have been times when something I was happy with morphed overnight into something I became unhpappy with. Funny how that could happen..! It has to do with "day-after objectivity".
When I got home I remembered how Michael Orwick did some paintings from his leftover paint on his palette..so I did just that! I used a photo reference to produce this painting, "Outside the All-Night Cafe" (6 x 8 on canvas panel). I know I like this one.