A surprisingly great painting session today with Barrie - Went to Barb's horse farm, and deciding to roll the dice I chose to paint a horse, a subject which has always given me nothing but fits and frustration - There's something about the construction of a horse that I have trouble seeing and understanding.
So I started trying to draw a live horse in the way one does a figure drawing, but the horse wouldn't stand still and I gave up. (This drawing might be seen if you look at the painting upside down, before I turned the paper over for a fresh try)
I then tried to visually reduce the horse to three simple shapes and capture that in my head, I quickly made a painting of the horse, and as soon as the paint said "horse" I quit and moved on to filling in the rest of the painting.
The key to today's success was to simplify what I was looking at, and to declare victory as soon as possible.
Sep.8 2010 SF