Happy New Year and many thanks to all of you for your support and enthusiasm during 2008. I don't like making resolutions, but I do like setting goals. But I don't like setting so many goals I can't keep up with them, so realistically, here are my goals for 2009.
1. To study the human figure every day--I'm fascinated by people and how body language communicates, but I've not given nearly enough time to building the subject into my painting vocabulary.
2. To cut down by a third the time it takes to make a painting--I'm not happy with my turtle-slow painting process. I believe I can cut out a lot of slack by deleting hesitation. Written on the head of my easel are these words: Squint--Observe--Select--Aim--Stroke. I'm adding to that "and get on with it."
3. To find my nitch in watercolor--Even though 2008 has been devoted to oil painting, over the years I've done quite a bit of watercolor. And though I love the medium, it's been on rare occasions that I felt it was mine. This little piece (pardon bits of glass glare) done eight years ago came very close to feeling like me, as did several little still life paintings done about the same time. I want to re-claim that and secure it.
4. To double my observation skills--I really mean it. The more I observe, the more I realize I'm missing. I want to see color, edges, variations, angles of light, nuances and whatever else I find that still is so full of mystery.