Sometimes I have to really wonder what's wrong with me when I have no desire to paint, I whine that I need inspiration - yadayada. The news is dismal, violent protests, absurd decisions by juries, weather catastrophes. It gets to me.
What worked today was a removal from the distractions - Pandora instead of news. Iced coffee, painting in a t-shirt and shorts for a change. A nice afternoon.
From Washington Square Park in New York City, a couple of women spending the afternoon removed from distractions. The original photo is from my friend, Karen Hollingsworth.
I painted this new piece during our snowstorm this past week - what a treat it was. I know some of you are moaning and can't imagine snow being a treat at this point, but it's so rare here in the south.
I love this painting because of my favorite combo of colors - golds, blacks, greys and browns. And I love the shadows.
From the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, William Merritt Chase's portrait of the artists 'James Abbott McNeill Whistler' (left) and John Singer Sargent's portrait of the artist 'William M. Chase' (right) are seemingly looking down at the couple before them.
I went to a Dog Show in South Georgia a while back - nothing compared to the upcoming Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show but surely an event that just makes me so happy. I've painted a few in the past and this is a new addition to what could be a series.
And don't miss the Westminster on TV - it starts Monday night. Love the dogs. Love painting the dogs.
"You should keep on painting no matter how difficult it is, because this is all part of experience, and the more experience you have, the better it is... unless it kills you, and then you know you have gone too far." ~ Alice Neel
"If I had the energy, I would have done it all over the country" - Edward Hopper
"It's what you carry to an object that counts." - Andrew Wyeth
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