Sunday, December 8, 2013

Tools Of The Trade

The weather the past couple of days has made it impossible to paint on location - actually, I haven't left my house in 3 days! I used the 1st day cleaning my studio - the 2nd day was spent re-organizing & sorting out plein air paintings to use as source for larger work.  Sometimes I forget that I have plenty of subject matter right here in the studio. If you follow my work, you know that I don't do many still life paintings.  This one started out as a quick sketch just to "warm up"....and it started to develop so well that I decided to put a little more effort into it. 
"Tools Of The Trade"
11/14 Watercolor
Initially, I started with the cup, then I decided to put brushes into it - then I thought it needed a tube of paint.  After all that, I decided to put the cup in a window with just a hint of trees in the distance.
The cup, by the way is my favorite; an Artists Of Texas mug.  Anyway, many of my studio works begin with just an idea - nothing special in mind; just "doodling".  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.  This time I think it did.....what do you think?