32 x 32
Pastel on Pumice Primed Gatorboard
It's been way too long since I've been able to devote some time to painting at a time when my mind is peaceful. Although I've had some vacation, I've also jumped back in with both feet into my corporate job and had a trip for an annual meeting. Pair that with spring springing in Texas and scheduling and monitoring the yard work that needs to be done to clean up gardens and lawn. I was emotionally spent.
I wanted to paint but struggled with what I "should" paint to get more still life ready for my upcoming show season vs painting what I wanted to paint in my comfort zone. Well, I decided I paint because I want to not because I have to and I needed some comforting! My head told me "don't jump into a big painting". My head said "I need to practice and warm up on some small stuff". About a week ago (before my business trip) I did a couple of small passes at a landscape scene that a friend in Massachusetts shared with me. Landscapes are not what I usually paint, and while I enjoyed trying to capture the morning light through the trees just right, I missed my plants. I felt I needed to paint big and have some room to move around.
I could paint agave for years..oh yeah....I have and do! I just admire the plant and when I paint them it's as if I'm running my hand along the leaves. I feel the curve and the hollows - less the pain of the thorns. This painting is an extreme close up of an artichoke agave (Agave parryi) in my front yard. It felt good to be back to her again.
Only one progress shot - I was in the zone and forgot the rest.