Painting Interrupted : Painting is what I do in between life.
|Garden of Summer, 36 inches by 48 inches, oil on aluminium panel by Marian Dioguardi c2019|
There are gardens to tend, meals to cook, friends to see, family and pest to care for. And then there is laundry, making beds and sweeping floors. Painting is what I do in between life. Life always has a way on inserting itself into any plan, even the plan to paint.
It's been two months since I posted a blog. It's been longer than that since I posted a new painting. It has been a summer of pauses and stops and fits and goes. Persistence and patience make all the difference. This is not about "when things get tough the tough get going"; this is about knowing that you need to keep on keeping on and you will get there. And that's why I didn't blog: because I needed to be painting at any opportunity that presented itself rather than write.
I did not planned to paint a garden painting but .. then I couldn't NOT paint this once I saw the painting in my mind's eye. Inspired by my garden and the June light, I started this painting on a panel I had cut for a different another one. This was a difficult painting to chase down to the finish. I sketched from life, I took a photo, moved things around, changed scales, used the flowers from one planter to paint in another. Painted, scraped out and painted again. I picked petunias and kept them on a vase in the studio..I did anything I had to do to take this painting "home", as jazz musicians say.
That's what painters do and so it goes.