And so, another work week ends and a shiny new weekend begins, with a little bluebird in a tree in answer to today’s prompt. I’m not a landscape painter as I like to view life a bit more macro, so this seemed like a good option. I do rather enjoy painting branches of trees as they’re such a strange system of unexpected bumps and shapes. Birds can be described much the same way actually and I find them devilishly difficult to get just right, hence the practice. Since I tend to dance around from subject to subject my practice comes days or even months between when it comes to any one subject in particular. But it’s so much fun to explore the world, sketch by sketch. Trying new subjects, odd perspectives, and generally exploring all the little ephemera of life is what excites me most. It’s a thrill to explore new things each day and see what might happen each time I sit down to sketch and paint. Most often, I have zero clue what I’m going to paint just before I do so and quickly make this post. I hope when you show up to see what I did, you are also enjoying the ride!
Tonight I’m running a bit late as I wasn’t able to make this post before dinner was served. It was delicious and consisted of pasta and clams. Philippe remarked that he thought he did things out of order and didn’t think this version was as good as the last. In truth, it was incredibly delicious, but yes, something seemed to be a bit different. He asked me, as though the guy who can’t boil an egg properly might actually know, what he did before. I had the extreme pleasure of reminding him that there’s a fun cookbook out now called “DO Cook!” that contains that very recipe. He actually rushed to our dining room table and grabbed a copy and looked it up and realized what he did out of order. I’m not sure if many people will actually buy our book in the end, but it was so much fun to direct him to a published version of the very recipe he was trying to sort out and remember. And it will be lovely to have that little bit of our family history captured should he ever forget again.
Though I love to paint the world in close-up, I tend to view the world from a distance. I love seeing things as they happen and enjoying each moment for what it brings. While I love to explore little details while painting, I don’t really pay as much attention to those tiny details in daily life. I’ve always been what some have called a “big picture” thinker. Someone who sees an entire concept often before others can do so. This is how I’ve made a career as a Creative Director and what I do each day in my day job. So, it’s quite lovely to focus a bit more and explore intricate details. Perhaps that’s why my work has become an impossible mix of realistic sketches and wildly unexpected ramblings. It’s a mixture of the two worlds I constantly try to balance each and every day. Looking ahead and realizing visions to create new solutions to problems can be an exhausting thing indeed. Watercolor has helped me relax a bit, and enjoy the minutiae of everyday life and explore those bits of detail that I often miss while I’m spending so much time being a bird in a tree.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Benzimida Orange, Quinacridone Red, Cobalt Turquoise and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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