May 2016 Summary
Weird month; I made a lot of paintings in the watercolor book plus a few and ends, but I'm feeling more unsettled, more unsure and basically more worthless than ever. I've been doing this long enough to know that there isn't a logical connection between how you feel about your work and how "good"it is at any given time. You can love what you're making and it can be terrible. You can hate it and it can be great.
In any event, I have a path forward and will take something of a break this month of June as I prepare for this new-ish direction - meaning the larger paintings on canvas. With various trips and H's summer break, my schedule will naturally have to shift. But I need to chill out, spend less time driving to painting locations and more time developing the images I've had in mind for months now.
Work in progress
Drawings (watercolors in books on paper)
And one big one @ 22 x 30 inches:
This is the third image of Bear Peak I've painted at 22 x 30 inches. I think four would make a nice set.
Greater Wilder by Barret O'Brien, 2015 (advance copy)
Beautiful book written by a friend, who is also an actor and playwright; characters and setting are evocative and interesting.
Longs Peak: Its Story and a Climbing Guide by Paul Nesbit, 2015 (reissue)
For some reason the type is set to like 8 point in this book. Why? Anyway, I studiously read what I could and gleaned some ideas about where and how to view the mountain and learned about its history and lore.
Xeriscape Colorado: The Complete Guide by Connie Lockhart Ellefson and David Winger, 2013
We haven't turned our irrigation back on since it broke two years ago so this has been my bible this Spring.
The Group of Seven and Tom Thompson by David P. Silcox, 2011
Had never heard of this group of Canadian landscape painters but they made some insanely good paintings!
Marsden Hartley: American Modernist by Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, 2003
I love Hartley. Aside from his painting handling, which I totally identify with, I also now understand his attempt to claim Maine, and Katahdin in particular.