Still struggling with a looser, more impressionist approach. While painting, I feel like certain things are working well, like the red and gold molding and the potted plant. Other things just don't seem right. Maybe it's just me. Maybe I just have to get used to seeing the finished product of a loose style and remember that I'm trying to get away from photographic realism.
Here's a very old (for me) portrait I did of my wife in honor of our 25th anniversary today. Yes, there are lots of problems with the painting, but it's one of her favorites. She's also wearing a green that she loved and wore so much we named it Angie Green. So, happy anniversary to my Red Queen and happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone else.
Finally, I was able to paint some over the weekend. This is a small village in Greenland, where Virtual Paintout has taken us this month. I'll have at least one more piece from this little town and possibly another painting from elsewhere in Greenland. I'm pretty happy with this one. It hits several loose, impressionism notes I've been working on lately.
You might have noticed my recent posts have been of older pieces. I've been out of commission for a few days. I spent over a week fighting an inner ear infection that left me dizzy and barely able to sit upright. Then the prednisone prescribed to fight that also made me dizzy, disoriented and somewhat manic. Seeing things move has been giving me headaches. So it's been nearly impossible to paint. The virus is gone and I've finished the medication. But, if you've ever had steroids before, you know they can take a few days to get completely out of your system.
Frankly, I can't wait. I've got several pieces ready to go that I'm excited about. And, I continue to study the work of British watercolor masters, especially John Yardley, and am trying to incorporate the lessons learned into my own work to develop a looser, more impressionistic style.
I'm really surprised I haven't posted this one from 2013 yet. I'm very happy with this one. As usual, though, I hate the background. I've always had trouble with distant backgrounds. That's one reason I've been concentrating on looser landscapes lately.