The good folks over at Daily Paintworks have started offering weekly art challenges. Some of my absolute favorite artists on the net are in DPW, so it’s a real treat to get the opportunity to participate. Each week is like a mini-lesson from a master artist. This week’s challenge is the One Color per Stroke Challenge, offered by Carol Marine. I have drooled over her work for ages, admiring her ability to simplify complex areas into just one or two supremely confident and dead-on accurate strokes. Anything that offers more insight into her technique is a must-do.
Working one stroke at a time isn’t easy for someone like me. My way is to tweak the paint until it looks right. My brain screamed, “It’s too hard!” but I pushed on. I think the lesson here is to slow down and OBSERVE. I felt like I was painting at a snail’s pace, yet the painting actually came together quicker than usual because I didn’t keep fussing with it forever.
BTW, this mixer, oddly enough, is another State Fair image. Yes, you really can paint just about anything at the fair! I like strolling through the food concession stands early in the morning before they open, photographing kitchen stuff like this through the glass. This red mixer was stunning in the early morning sunlight next to a bowl of lemons.