Oil on Canvas Panel
16 x 20 in/40.6 x 50.8 cm
Well, that was last week, and now it's a new year and I'll make another suggestion: set your new year's painting goals now. This will help you both manage your time and progress better, but most importantly, it will keep you motivated. Do not procrastinate; do it now while you're fresh in the new year.
Painters malaise, as I like to call it, is that time when you are in a painting slump or you think you are in a slump. Either way, it's not good. It wastes time and energy and saps your creative skills.
Your goals don't have to be elaborate, They can be a simple list in order of priority of the things you want to accomplish, Or they can be calendar-based, for example, "by April 1, I will have learned how to (fill in the blank)."
I have set a few simple goals for myself that may give you some ideas.
- Become adept at painting with water-mixable oil paint; understand which brand(s) I like best and how to use them to achieve better painting results.
- Decide on not more than three sizes of supports to use and paint on those exclusively; I think this will help my composition and brushwork skills.
- And an old goal left over from last year--paint more boats, and to show I'm serious, it's the subject of today's image.