Sunday, September 13, 2009

End of the Marsh, tonalist landscape, Jan Blencowe

copyright 2009, Jan Blencowe, Connecticut, USA
20x24, acrylic on all media panel, sealed with an archival varnish, unframed
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All is well in my family now and I'm looking forward to getting back in the studio and out into the field to paint. Monday is my day to teach so I'll be wrapped up in that but then I really must turn my attention to painting.

I have to confess that I've had little time to think and plan last week so I am somewhat at a loss, and without direction or inspiration for my next painting. If the weather cooperates I"ll get out to paint and then I'll only be faced with the decision of where.... marsh, marina, farm, field, ect. and whether I actually paint or do watercolor sketches for reference.

I'd love to open up the new camera I bought 3 weeks ago and learn to use it and get some new photos for future use.

If I end up in the studio I'll need time to think, research and plan. I don't know if folks realize how much preparation goes into making a painting. Actually, I think that 90% of the painting goes on in my head long before I put brush to canvas.

It's in the imagination that the muse does her work and I find she works her magic best when I have plenty of uninterrupted time, a peaceful environment and some creative fuel like music, poetry, art magazines and walks outdoors.

A week filled with creativity would be a blessing this week. I'm hoping it all works out!

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