I was out walking one morning and spotted beautiful red-tailed hawk circling in the sky above me. We walked together for a while and then suddenly, he swooped down, chasing something in the field. He was pure energy…and like that, he was back in the sky, far above me, searching again.
It’s missing the energy! I’m hoping one more session at the easel will put thi sone to bed. Right now, I still feel like the intensity isn’t there. I don’t feel the energy yet. I think it needs a bit more contrast….some big hits with white and black. I think the flatness of the color is what is keeping the energy level down.
I guess this goes with my recent athlete paintings! After all, is there any creature that is moire athletic than a sled dog? These animals run for hundreds of miles in the freezing cold. I think I have probably painted or drawn this dog, or some version of this dog, at least fifteen times, if not more. I love the image of a sled dog doing what they love most and do best. It’s like painting pure joy.
After several false declarations of “I’m done!” I think I am finally actually done! My last painting of the Iron Man series, The Swimmer, has been signed and sealed! This one feels a bit different, but I think swimming feels a bit different too. I think I still captured the energy of the Iron Man, but there is a little more coolness in this painting.
Sometimes I am a runner. Sometimes I am a painter. Until recently, I used a wait-for-inspiration approach to both. I have, however, discovered that it is a lot more rewarding to create your own inspiration. Now I regularly try to exercise both my body and my mind. Hard work is the key to stirring creativity and energy.
This week, I gave my painting muscles a bit of a workout…
I finally started and finished the second painting in my ironman series. I think I will do another runner next. I haven’t quite worked out the composition for the swimmer yet.