A few photos of a work in progress for December Reflections day 2: light.
I finally got back in to my studio today for my first full day of painting in a few weeks. Lately, I’ve been drawn to explore monochromatic color palettes, as a way to focus more on light and shadow. This one started out with what I felt was a somber mood (or perhaps that was just me picking up on my own somber mood of late) which only intensified as I started shading the face.
There’s something about the limited color palette and muted tones that feels spacious, like I can sink in to the painting and take my time. Whenever I come back to painting after being away from it for a while, I am always startled to rediscover how paint (and oil pastels and pencils and all the other tools cluttering up my studio) feed my soul on a deep, visceral level. We all need something that feeds us in the way. Like many adults, I lost my ability to be playful somewhere between childhood and learning how to be a grown-up. Now, at the age of almost-43, I am rediscovery how to play. I love the concept of deep play- those activities that give us that delicious combination of pleasure mixed with challenge and cause us to lose track of time. What about you? What feeds your soul?