20 July 2008

hazy lake


We took a family trip to the park so I could finish this. I was happy with what the first effort taught me, but I was curious, so I continued.

I stopped at this point, even though discrepancies remained. It's really just a warm-up after all. And I was warm, I tell you. My umbrella wouldn't stay put, and nobody was willing to hold it for me. Imagine that.

Fear is giving way to enjoyment. I struggle to know a good subject when I see one. I'm not sure what amount of detail to strive for. I don't know how my landscapes will evolve. But I enjoy playing with color, so this is becoming fun.

On the way to the park, I listened to Dusty Springfield. Her craft and her stage persona triumphed over insecurities. She was expressive, versatile (an understatement), and very brave. Ah, if I could paint like Dusty sang...

6 comments:

Dianne Mize said...

I grinned really big when I read your line "Fear is giving way to enjoyment." Fantastic. Don't worry about detail or how your landscapes will evolve. Just go on a treasure hunt for colors and shapes each time you paint. The rest will follow.
This little piece, by the way, is lovely.

Dar Presto said...

Thank you, Dianne. Your encouragement, and that beautiful smile, mean a lot to me.

silvina said...

Dar, your PA painting is looking quite good! I really like your writing style. You make me laugh. Thanks for coming by my blog. : )

Diana Moses Botkin said...

Yes! You are getting there. And if you are enjoying the process, that's worth a lot.

If you haven't gotten a copy of Payne's "Composition of Outdoor Painting" I highly recommend it. Come to think of it, I need to review it myself!

Dar Presto said...

Hi Silvina. Thanks so much! That's always nice to hear.

Dar Presto said...

Hi Diana. Starting is hard for me. After that, it's fun. I hope that changes in time.
I'll get a copy of the book. Thank you!