It is amazing how much more energy there is in a painting when you paint from life!
The best way to paint is from life -- the colors, the form, the essence of what you are painting is right in front of you -- and.... you paint faster -- there is no doubt about it. I am honored when I have the opportunity to paint a model in my studio or in my yard, and I find that the energy that goes into the painting is so exciting and I can paint so much faster when someone is watching! Why is that?
So what am I doing with all of those long hours that I am putting into my other canvases?
I have vowed (once again) to paint from life and draw from life at least once a week.
I did this little study in my studio to practice for my Painting Demonstration held at Arizona Art Supply on Saturday. This is a 20 x 16 and I only had thirty minutes to paint it!
"Study for Painting Demonstration"
20 x 16
Oil on Canvas