I got overwhelmed trying to remember all the things Frank (my teacher) told me to do, so I thought I’d try simplifying things a little. Instead of picking a variety of things I liked from the complicated still life set up in our class and rearranging them into a good abstract composition (I still don’t feel like I know what that is), I decided to limit myself to two or three items. Simplify, simplify.
Two of the resulting paintings I like (we won’t talk about the rest). In one, I’ve painted some orange, yellow and red fruit and some red flowers against a blue fabric. In the other, I’ve painted some peaches, a green wine bottle and some green flowers against a lighter blue fabric. In both I decided to paint on an upright easel, rather than on a flat table as I usually do, so the colors run and blend in some interesting ways.
In the process, I discovered I did some of the things Frank had said to do. Not everything mind you, but hey, I’m just getting started.
At the risk of regretting it later, I’d say I’m not as frustrated as I was.