Friday, December 3

Art and December Make Me Feel This Way

One of the Still Lifes I Haven't
 Gotten Around To (Yet)

Honestly, there are times when I sit down to write the art blog when I don’t have a clue as to what I’m going to say, and today is one of those days.

 I’m painting along on the acrylic that I told you about last blog, but it’s nowhere near finished so I’m not going to talk about that today.

 This is the first blog of December, a month in which I start to look backward over the year on what I have/have not accomplished art-wise.

 I have not (yet): 
  • Painted as much in the impressionistic style as I (think I) should be painting
  • Improved my eye for finding and taking photographs that will make an excellent painting (in fact, I’m wondering if a good reference photo is just a happy accident—I hope not)
  • Painted any still life work at all (yet) even though I said I would do this
  • Improved my watercolor painting techniques; in fact, just the opposite—I have all but abandoned watercolor
On the other hand, and before I get too depressed, I have:
  • Made a conscious decision to pursue the impressionistic style in my work—I had no idea it would be such a slow process to let go of my natural tendencies to control my brushwork
  • Tried to make the blog more personal (a little anyway) and talk about things in art that interest me and, hopefully, you
  • Embraced acrylic as my medium (at least for now); in doing so, I have been continually surprised at how relatively little serious acrylic painting there is out there in the art universe
So maybe it’s too soon to be looking back yet since the new year is still 28 days away, but as the title of the Dave Koz holiday song says, “December Always Makes Me Feel This Way.”

 Oh, and one more thing—the December image in my Monet calendar is his Palazzo da Mula, Venice 1908. It’s one you may not be familiar with, but it’s vintage Monet sort of in the ‘Rouen Cathedral’ style.

 I did find something to blog about today after all—it never fails.

Until next blog…

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