This is one of those paintings that started off heading south and just went all the way down to Mexico for a vacation. Out of the frame were horses in a large pen that I started to sketch, just doing little horsey studies, unfortunately this canvas was a loaner from someone else and was extremely slick, painting was a little like tap dancing on ice. Not too graceful. All my energies went toward trying get the brush and paint to go where I wanted it to. The horses in the upper quadrant didn’t go so well so I turned around and added a small sketch of one of the barns. The barn being easier than livestock to paint started to actually look like a thing and after beating the horses to death (sorry) I decided to wipe them off and see what i could do with the randomly placed barn. I let the one thing I knew I had tell me where the rest of the things should go. I figured out after while that if i really loaded the brush and used a light hand I could get the paint to release so I kept piling on paint till I got there. It’s a lesson in self-trust; I knew that either two things would happen, I would make it work or I wouldn’t and if it didn’t work, so what? It would be a scraper, a small lesson and a pretoned canvas for the next painting.
It’s also a lesson in if you don’t know what to do, go with what you do know. Can’t figure out the whole problem? Deal with the stuff you do know and that will lead you to your next set of decisions. Trusting that you can figure it out, even if it’s in steps is way better than thinking it’s just too big to handle or beyond your abilities.It can keep you from giving up too soon. Additionally this is a lesson in painting greens. All of the trees in my view would be the exact same green if I were standing next to each of them but as they go back atmosphere changes the way they appear making them cooler and less contrasty.