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Posts Tagged ‘landscape’

Early One Morning

Early One Morning
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Early One Morning, Oil on panel, 10″ x 10″ ©Sukie Curtis 2016

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Beyond the Near Shore

Beyond the Near Shore
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Beyond the Near Shore, oil on canvas, 10″ x 10″ © Sukie Curtis 2016

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Trees with Striped Snow

Trees with Striped Snow
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Trees with Striped Snow, oil on panel, 10″ x 10″ © Sukie Curtis 2016

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The Patience of Trees

The Patience of Trees
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The Patience of Trees, oil on canvas, 10″ x 10″ © Sukie Curtis 2016

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Morning Light and Dark Woods

Morning Light and Dark Woods
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Morning Light and Dark Woods, oil on canvas, 10″ x 10″ © S Curtis 2016

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Whose Woods These Are

Whose Woods These Are
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Whose Woods These Are, oil on panel, 10″ x 10″ ©Sukie Curtis 2016

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Two Sunflowers

Two Sunflowers

 

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Two Sunflowers, Oil on canvas, 10″ x 10″ © Sukie Curtis 2016

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That Blue Light Just Before Dawn

That Blue Light Just Before Dawn
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That Blue LIght Just Before Dawn, oil on canvas, 10″ x 10″ ©SCurtis 2016

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Inching My Way Back

 

 

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“Summer Clouds Over Hills,” oil on canvas, ©Sukie Curtis 2015

I have a confession to make: sometimes I get stuck, really stuck.

A lot of time can go by when I don’t paint. My paint-avoidance might begin in the somewhat natural let-down just after a particular “push” to finish pieces for a show or some other external deadline. Sometimes other things–like family events, travel, a change in schedule or in who happens to be home when–come into play.

Soon a week become two weeks, and two weeks become a month, a month becomes two months. And the longer it goes, the harder it is to begin again; and the harder it is to have much confidence in myself as a painter. It’s a bad deal all around!

I know I’ve mentioned this phenomenon before (and probably will again)! I am remembering a thought expressed in the book, Art and Fear–to the effect that art-making is about not giving up, about finding ways to start over, again and again.

As you may have guessed, I’ve recently been in one of those stuck places, built of circumstances and stuff like fear (fear of failure? of course! fear of success? probably that, too!) and all sorts of tiresome arguments within myself.

And the process of inching my way back has been built much more deliberately and intentionally than the process of getting stuck. Some of my tricks and tactics include drawing for fun, low-key sketching and playing with watercolor pencils–just to keep my hand in the game and to remember the pleasures of lines and color.

Then came giving my paint brushes a long overdue, thorough cleaning. (Another confession: I am NOT a diligent washer of my brushes. I cheat and skimp in that department.) And then I scraped old blobs of paint off the glass surface I use as a palette. So everything was ready!

Last Sunday when the house was empty of other people, I too was ready to paint. And painting over some older paintings that I wasn’t happy with seemed just the place to start.

The painting pictured above, “Summer Clouds over Hills,” is one of the results. The skies lately have been beautiful and full of fascinating, ever-changing clouds. I have a feeling this is not the only cloud-scape I will be painting!

 

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