Since I last wrote I completed another portrait and since then have been working on two series of paintings. I quite like having a few paintings to do with a similar theme as it is a good feeling to have a plan.
I bought 5 square canvases earlier this year in my friend , maria grazia tarulli’s shop in Bernalda. They had been sitting on a shelf in the studio and when I was looking for something to do I saw them. They are 30cms by 30cms and have deep sides so they don’t need frames.
Then I found several photos which suited a square format , a seascape- I had been to the beach and I like painting the sea, a view of my street- my favourite subject, Pisticci at night- a bit of a challenge, flowers from mylittle garden- because I have never done a close up of flowers before and finally I just happened to notice a gorgeous photo of a friend’s baby on facebook and it was her birthday coming up.
It was fun and I am pleased with them all. I plan to sell them for 50 euros each.
I am writing this because I am curious about how artists chose what they will paint and what inspires them.
My next inspiration came from Twitter #skymarch. I found several canvases of various sizes and looked for recent photos including skies and set to work. I am not very comfortable painting anything but bright blue skies (bright blue skies are what is most normal here) so I picked some cloudy scenes, some mist and a rainy day.
I think it looks like I like a challenge…….but not too much.
This week I am altering one of the washboards so that they all include local churches and have a vague plan for two large paintings of Pisticci…… but at the same time I would like to finish my 50 people from pisticci project and display it by Easter. Its really nice to be busy.