quick study

vase first white porcelaine

I need something I can take with me into the room where the painting is.  I use my computer periodically because that’s where the reference photo for the vase is — once again I’m using a picture from the internet, a vase that I cannot perhaps afford to buy even if it were available.  I use my computer until the battery starts sending out alarms that it needs its fainting couch.  As it calms and restores itself,  I use a drawing while as I block in the vase.  Here’s the world’s quickest drawing!  –because I need some reference while I put down the first layers of the painting.  The vase I’m using this time is white porcelain with roses (see the group below).

I’m going to be painting over layers and changing things as I go so I only need enough to get me started.  All the elements of this painting are very exploratory.  I paint inside the moment.

The white vase was preceded by the black vase.  Lots of vases.

Pencil for the watching of the morning light

Coffee, notebook, chair near the window, pencil and the creamer.  Sitting there near the window watching light mold the porcelain surfaces of the creamer.  The character of light as it reveals objects has particularities so grand and yet also so small and intricate — and the intricacies are as grand as the grand things are grand.   The whole of it is a marvel, and the parts are marvels too.

Light and shade are spoken of as elements of technique in art, but that’s the wrong way to think about it.  Light and shade are elements of reality.  Watching them, imitating them has you participating in something miraculous.  It is far too complex to be encapsulated by technique.  So let the pencil move with your thoughts and let your thoughts be vagabond wanderers.