Saturday, March 11, 2017

Back To Basics

 "Three Oranges no. 2 (Yellow Scrap)"
8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas

After my initial surge of residency-ambition, I had a bit of an 'OMG, what now?' moment. We all have those, right? Well, when I have mine, I usually try to go back to basics. (Sometimes, I go shopping, but at Playa... um, not an option). And the basics for me are shapes and colors - and artificial lighting - with the added bonus that I could work on paintings like this before the sun came up...

and then step outside and take a sunrise shot like this!

 Getting up so early (ugh, yes, I'm a morning person)  has many advantages, but it tends to leave me looking like this by evening self-portrait sketch time. Looking like this - or seeing like this. Tired eyes do some crazy things!


Helene Adamson said...

Love your oranges -- their little "bellybuttons" are rendered perfectly.

What an adventure you are having, Sarah! I explored Playa on its website, and it is quite a world apart. It's impressive how industrious you've been, even allowing for the lack of shopping, tv, and other distractions. Lots of fresh air, though, so I bet you sleep like a baby. Enjoying your posts, and your wonderful paintings.

Sandra Busby said...

I really wish I was a morning person Sarah! Super painting! And sometimes I think it is good to go back to basics while we recharge our creative batteries :0)