Yes, I hit the wall. I am tired and somewhat floundering... not totally discouraged yet but heading in that direction. I didn't "find my muse" this morning as I walked, something that excites my eyes and that I feel compelled to pick up and bring along with me to work from at the studio. That put me in a grumpy mood to start the day. Well, I said I didn't find something to work from but I actually did find a couple of interesting leaves but they were only calling faintly to me. But I thought, OK... let's try something with them.
So I arranged them and photographed them, looked at them. And the call was still only a faint one... not a loud cry, "Look at ME! Aren't I interesting!" I dilly-dallied throughout the morning working a bit more on the oak leaves from yesterday before calling it finished enough and stopping for lunch while the paint on that one dried so I could take it down.
After lunch I took down the oak leaves and put up a new blank canvas... the last of the 6 yard x 60" roll I brought with me. It was not quite a square--it's 52" x 58"--but I decided to design within that framework.
I decided to use a hickory leaf cluster I'd found a couple of days ago along with one of the finds from this morning... I wanted the yellow and yellow-green of the hickory to contrast with the red-orange of the other leaf. I also enjoyed seeing the way the hickory leaves have dried a bit and taken on a sort of insouciance.
I began with a loose charcoal line drawing and then made changes several times by painting over with block out white and matt medium, then redrawing:
|Here's what I wound up by mid-afternoon. I'll work on it a bit more tomorrow.|
Laurel Creek Falls Camp for girls that Lillian Smith ran many decades ago. What a time those girls must have had here--in these surroundings and under the influence of such a remarkable woman as Lillian Smith.