Here is a small 6" x 6" still life to sharpen my observational skills. I have been struggling to create engaging landscapes recently and have found it relaxing to take a break and paint a still life. I wonder what message I should take from this insight? Hmmmm Perhaps if I had the opportunity to revisit the plein air painting locations to "complete" a painting, I could make more accurate observations of nature. Here in New England the weather and lighting is never the same for two days in a row, or even for 2 hours some days. My finished landscapes sometimes involve as much imagination as observation.
After a long hiatus I am back in the studio painting again, reworking older paintings, and starting new ones in preparation for several upcoming Art Shows. On a larger canvas and with a different focus and different palette I have again painted a scene from a photo I took in NYC last winter. I enjoy the challenge of cityscapes.