I had a great painting day today. The subject matter just sort of came to me and before I even thought about it I had already gone outside, plucked some morning glories off my vines and begun painting! That’s the joy about studies: I try not to think too much about them. The whole point of studies is just to get me in there and working, free up my hand and warm up my eyes.
The fun part was realizing that I had a small window of time before the blooms completely closed up. The three of them sit now in my studio in their jar, all closed up and looking like they’re huddled to keep warm in the middle of a snow storm. Tomorrow I expect to see them open and smiling happily back at me again.
In case you’re wondering why I’m calling these still-lives landscapes, I just think it doesn’t hurt to look at things in different ways. Yes, I am painting little piles of fabric in my studio, but I’m shading slopes and folds and peaks in the same way I would paint hills and valleys and sunlight…
I haven’t painted as much still-lives as I have landscapes, portraits and nature scenes… but looking at these little piles of things in my studio as if they were enormous worlds in themselves is providing endless inspiration for me. For instance, this little stack reminded me of a mini-version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I wanted to name it “Leaning Tower of Fabric” but am saving that name for a higher, more “leany” tower which I may paint tomorrow…
Today’s painting took me a bit longer than I’d hoped but it was still lots of fun. I’m new to quilting and it’s neat that without even having “quilted” this funky quilt top I made, I can immortalize it in paint.
This photo gives you an idea of how I set up my still-lives. It also gives you a better idea of the scale difference between my daily “studies” and my bigger piece, “Quilted Lake”.
Today’s small study was inspired by a visit to my friend Liberty’s house yesterday. Her house is a quilty/crafty/shabby-chic heaven and I took lots of photos to work from in the weeks to come. Thanks Liberty!
My husband commented that the yarn ball on the right looked a bit flat. I hope some of my knitter friends may counter with, “but it’s a yarn cake silly! Tsk tsk.” I’m going to sleep on it before making any alterations. Feel free to give your input by commenting on this post.