Saturday, July 3, 2010
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Yesterday was open studio and we painted most of the day. Rainy and muggy outside, it was a good day to stay indoors. I finished the lemon wedge on Thursday but just now had time to post it. This lemon comes from my Meyer lemon tree which is prolific this year.
As an artist, I believe that it's important to always try to push your skills to new levels. Since the opening, I have been searching for a new direction. I think maybe visiting the New England area, like Old Lyme, Conneticut, opened my eyes to the beautiful paintings of the American Impressionists like, Charles Hawthorne and Henry Hensche. I learned recently that Monet started out as a tonalists. His painting of Rue de la Vavolle, Honfleur, was an early attempt to paint on location. As you can see, the shadows are brown with little variation. Once he opened his eyes to color, detail became must less important. I'm drawn to the beautiful colors of light outdoors but it is difficult to leave my comfort zone of indoor painting.