Second semester begins soon. I have been working in my studio trying to get a hold on my work. I have been reading about Pierre Bonnard in a new book. He says there is something to surrendering to the picture rather than nature. I agree. He painted a lot from memory. I like that too, but I feel I need the right amount of information from life to create my images. I have been sketching with graphite and then using watercolor on top of that then neocolor crayons on top of that. This process seems to give the information I need to make a painting. I have also recently watched some interviews of Wolf Kahn. He says he trys to get away from description. That is helpful for me too. It seems counter-intuitive for a representational artist to get away from description but I think this is what Bonnard means by surrendering to the picture.
The colors look awful in these pictures, sorry about that.