Thoughts, but not deep ones

It's coming along

It's coming along, section by section

No revelations or deep thoughts this time around, just steady progress. This painting is happening a bit differently than my usual process, in that I’m tending to work on one section at a time. I have often developed a painting as an overall work, layering the entire surface at each pass. Sometimes it just works out better in sections and I really couldn’t tell you why. Just instinct, I guess. The larger dormer isn’t done yet–I need to wait for this coat to dry before I tone it down to look more like the smaller one.

I was thinking today as I was procrastinating for the third day in a row that I am just not like some artists I know who are driven to spend complete days in the studio immersed in their work. My brain tends to fry after about three hours. And I have to push myself to go into the studio in the first place and even start the day’s work. I look at a painting in progress and think, I really like that but I don’t know how I’m going to pick up where I left off and have a painting that looks like a continuous work from one day to the next. I get into a zone and don’t even remember how I did a previous part of it. I really had to think about the two dormers, since I did them on separate days! Somehow it all works itself out, but the doubts in between painting sessions always intrude and fuel the procrastination.

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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