Monday, September 5, 2011

Back in the Saddle Again

Peach Pebble Pepper (c)2011 Dora Sislian Themelis
Watercolor 9x12 Lanaquarelle
So you see, a little moping around can sometimes lead to good things. Write it and it will come, sort of. I was out of it, but it pulled me back in. There's only so long a slump can last. Mr. Resistance, I am rid of you for the time being.

Shhhhh. I don't want him to hear me too loudly for fear he'll show up and bother me again.

As I was saying. The veggie haul was "fruitful" and ended up being quite productive. I don't know what it was that lured me to paint. The shapes of the produce, the colors, the combinations looking very interesting? What?

I felt bad I ate my still-life subject at the beach that day of the earthquake. Maybe that was it? The peaches in the veggie haul were really pretty. I don't know, but I found myself reaching for the peach, then I grabbed an interesting looking pepper, and one of those pebbles I was painting a while ago.

After arranging these items in a way that felt good to me, I filled my water contained and started in on this. No pencil sketching, just drawing in the items in watercolor paint. I must admit that when I work this way I sometimes fail to place the painting in the center of the paper. I'll fix that with a matte when the time comes.

For now I did it. A breakthrough, and the best part is I painted for only twenty minutes. Just enough time to get it together and back on track.

"Back in the saddle again,
Out where a friend is a friend.
Where the longhorn cattle feed, 
On the lowly gypsum weed,
Back in the saddle again."

by Gene Autry, songwriter 


  1. Lovely 20 minute painting. You do so well at these xx

  2. There's so much going on in my head and around me that if I can spare twenty minutes I can beat back the feeling to do nothing. My painting is freer too, with less time.

  3. Love this, such clean and bright color and fantastic shadow painting...

  4. Maria, thank you for your lovely compliment and for taking the time to comment. It's great to get feedback from fellow artists.


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