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.