Next Saturday I need to take three paintings, finished and framed, to the Paint the Town drop off.  You know me… there is nothing like a deadline to get me into the studio!

After some evaluation, I decided on finishing these three paintings. On the left is the “almost” version, on the right the “done” version. Let me know what you think!

Because I had some time waiting for paint to try, I decided to play.

For Ruth Buchanan’s workshop, you will remember, we had a long life drawing session. Even though it was not my best effort, this drawing was on my mind because I found working with the negative shapes so difficult.

I was envisioning something with a lot of texture and not in my usual style (not with horses or any other animal). So, I literally started playing with some old aqua board that I had some failed paintings on.

This is the kind of painting I call “intuitive painting” because you don’t really start out with a plan, you just keep doing things that you feel might work! It’s a lot of fun and a pure right-brain activity.

However, my studio ends up getting pretty trashed.

After that, I decided to take out some marbled papers and do a “more traditional” painting of another drawing I liked.

I’m imagining adding some ground and trees and emphasizing the “moon” somehow and calling it “Moon Dance.”

I’d like to report that I’m back in the studio today, working on paintings from yesterday’s adventure, but I’m not. It’s Sunday so I’m getting things in order to make the week go well. But there is no AquaZumba on Tuesday so I think I’m going to try to go to life drawing, if that’s any comfort!

Paint on my friends!

P.S. Would anyone like to accompany me to the Paint the Town opening on Wednesday, September 5? Let me know.

2 thoughts on “Deadlines inspire me”
  1. I like what you’ve done with the figure sketches! I was thinking of doing something with mine as well. I might trace some figures on colored paper and create collage elements from them, and I had some other mediums in mind as well. Thanks for the inspiration! P.S. my studio gets pretty trashed as well!

  2. Hi Tara,
    I love all the different creative ways you took the life drawings. Fantastic!

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