Meewasin Study #3
6 x 6"
oil on board
© Nicki Ault, 2014
The studies continue... and therefore so does the procrastination! I spent a good deal of time looking at the large canvas today, sighing, walking away and drinking water. Maybe if I had something a bit stiffer than water to drink I might have actually put some paint on the thing! Never-the-less a lot of thinking is taking place as I do these studies... where is the focal point going to be? Where are the light and dark shapes? Is there a nice balance to the composition? Is there flow to it all? Hmmm... it is all very Bargue related. Funny that. I am ever-so-slightly shocked and ashamed to say that, in the past, I didn't give a great deal of thought to these things. Mostly I just painted from my gut - which I still want to do, but with a more refined, thoughtful approach.
So I ask you... is it possible to paint from a place of passion and intuition, but also from a place of thoughtful contemplation? Can a painting be both planned and impulsive?