Interesting session w/ Barrie today; We'd both struggled with our paintings of Barb's garden last week, repeatedly feeling lost and confused by the overwhelming amount of information.
Today I tried a favorite trick to remedy this, which is to turn my back to the subject. Working from a photo I placed behind me I was forced to memorize simpler, smaller bits of information which I then turned and applied to the painting.
This self imposed handicap changes what you look for when observing the subject, and when you work on the painting you feel more at liberty to change things to serve the painting, rather than getting caught up in simply copying the subject.
June 8 2010 SF