I've tucked away the porcelain creamer, little orange flowers and cascading drapery, replacing the objects with photo references for a project I'm really excited about doing. The inspiration was a photograph of my oldest daughter taken about a year ago at El Capitan State Beach. However, I'm changing the location from a rocky beach to a rocky riverbed with some trees in the background.
I'm looking forward to playing with some colors that have not been on the palette for other projects - mainly Phthalo blue and green. I'm also excited about exploring colors and patterns of stones in water - I've always been drawn to that in nature. But, most of all, I'm delighted to be working with a specific concept - trying to capture the moment of quiet contemplation or listening in prayer.
I have flashes of what I think the end product might look like, but I've learned not to get hung up in those fleeting visions. They give me a direction, but the journey will likely take me down any number of possible paths. But, this is merely a study for the sake of exploration. Ultimately, I see this as a fairly large painting - large for my space, anyway, requiring more than a little tabletop. By the time I'm ready to move on to canvas, the weather should be comfortable enough to work in the garage again.