Graham Fishing at South Meadow Pond, Clinton, MA, gouache, 9x12"
Lately I've been working on abstractions and haven't been drawing from life that much. Last week on a family trip to the East Coast I had some time on my hands while my son fished and my family visited so I made a few sketches in gouache and with my thumb on the iPad (couldn't find my stylus!).
It was fun seeing how all the abstract work was seeping back into the representational mode. Paint flowed more freely (usually), the focus was a bit less on what was in front of me and more on what was ending up on the page.
Dusk at Narragansett Bay, iPad sketch
It was a good reminder of the value of going back and forth between drawing and painting, representation and abstraction, working in the studio and getting out into the World.
Wachusett Reservoir, Sterling, MA, gouache, 9x12"
Somebody once said that their work functioned best when it fell "somewhere between the picture and the painting" to paraphrase - an interesting observation. Not for everyone, but I seem to come back again and again to try to strike that balance.