Regarding artwork, which this blog is about, but also connected to ongoing life,there always seems to be something lurking on the horizon, ready to launch itself and derail our best intentions.
My self talk instructs me to just keep on plugging as best as I can after I have dealt with whatever gets in my way. I cannot leave things "in the air" and not deal with them, because I have found they will perch right on my shoulder and mutter in my ear, resulting in the same interference as if I just get off the track and deal with the concern anyway!
I never just ignore my ongoing artwork. It rumbles and creaks around in my brain--sometimes in the unconscious, sometimes in my face. I find that this can actuallly solve issues of composition or value as it makes me stop and look more, rather than barrel through, on a roll, but not seeing as much as I should.
Now that I have more time to "play", I am working on three paintings. Two were started earlier and are posted below. The newest is in the sketching stage. I promised myself that after I finished the two that are pretty detailed, I would do something fast and loose! However, I am in the middle of the sketch and realized it too is very realistic and detailed. If something comes to mind, I may delay painting on the third and come up with a smaller (quarter sheet) looser work. We will see!
The recent storms and rain ( and frost) has derailed me somewhat as I dropped everything to cover my plants on the cold nights, then taking it down durning rain. Now, I need to make more permanent covers for frost and excess sun. So, some garden construction will be underway soon! Hopefully not more than a 2 day delay.