Racing Time

“Afternoon At The Point”
Oil on canvas panel, 8″ x 10″
Often, I am amazed at my lack of introspection in this painting process. Today was a day of catching up on errands and such. At 3:30PM I still had not painted, so I jumped at the chance, knowing it would be dark by 6-ish. I Love this spot and gravitate to it almost automatically.
Mind you, I love being loose at the operating end of the brush, but have noticed that I frequently don’t put the finishes I should on these plein air pieces. I realize now . . .( after a hundred paintings ) . . . that unless I have set aside an entire day to paint, I am in the mental space to ‘sqeeze it in’ and get on with the other stuff (like work!) in the day. As I look at those pieces where I had but a short slice of time, I hurried. I hurried in a slap dash way. I dunno, but I am wondering if a lot of slap dash practice is good practice . . . . .or is a little bit of perfect practice better?
When grabbing the afternoon near the golden hour just before sunset, one is automatically in the rush mode to catch the light before it is gone entirely. I am going to have to ponder this question about quantity versus quality for a while yet. I am still searching for the ‘right’ surface, the most useful brush which gives me the effects that I want and, of course, the amount of paint that speaks loudest not only about the subject, but the artist.
Racing time, is, I think, the direction I will head for a while yet. I think less and react quickly without over-thinking. And that is a good thing. Eventually, quality does appear.
Now to go see what Mr. Schmid has to say in his book! 😉

One thought on “Racing Time”

  1. I’ve read that quantity is very important at first. Then quality follows. But I think that it’s easy to get stuck reinforcing bad habits if we don’t seek instruction from accomplished artists as often as we can. I feel silly writing this to you because I feel that you are an accomplished artist and you definitely know more than I do.

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