Well, here's my special painting for today. Actually for yesterday too, the garlic clove to the right being yesterdays production. To be honest, in general, I find still life painting a bit pointless. Not that I couldn't admire other people's skill in such work, it's probably just that I'm so used to do stuff with some sort of informational purpose. However, for me too, it's easy to get carried away studying the light and shadows, noticing the details and trying to capture them in a painting. And garlic especially, give's a chance to paint nice and smooth passages, my favorite thing. I started this one by painting it in acrylics from (still :)) life, then switched to digital to finish it. I'm not sure if it gives the best quality technically - I have always problems with the reproduction of my traditional paintings - but it's quite fun mixing the two medias. Color blending isn't the easiest thing to do in acrylics, it's like against its nature even when using retarder, and digital painting is pretty much the same, in my mind. Of course, I could use the airbrush tool, but I prefer the oil brush - I think it has more personality just like in traditional techniques. So, if I want a gentle passage from light to dark, changing color at the same time, I have to use very thin layers so that the eye can't separate the individual brushstrokes more than what is my intention.
I'm painting almost every day. In fact whenever it's possible. But most of my work require quite some time, normally several days, to accomplish, so by the end of a day I often get the feeling I haven't done much, couldn't finish anything anyway. Thus, I have been cherishing the idea of making a daily painting, a small piece of art for each day, that wouldn't take too much of my time. Many daily painters put their (daily) art on sale, and that certainly could be a good idea, but I was thinking more of an opportunity to make something without the pressure that comes with commercial work. Just painting for fun, or to try something different, new media, technique or style. My problem is that most of the time I can't afford to waste even a minute (or at least I feel like it) on anything else than my routine work. But now, the great thing with digital painting is that I can reuse my paintings; a small painting can later be incorporated in a bigger composition. If I have a plan for a more complicated painting (and there's no rush to get it ready) I can paint parts of it "alla prima" and save them as individual small paintings, and put them together later when I have more time. I made the little snow-covered pine tree with this in mind. It's a fairly modest painting, documenting a day this winter, a moment we actually had some snow. Now I have it stored on my computer, and if I happened to need an image like this as background in an other painting, I can make a copy, and continue painting on it (after expanding the canvas if I need more space). This is a nice, practical solution, but not exactly painting "just for fun" and there's still not much room for experimenting. Simply playing with paint is always fun, even my kids like it a lot, and it can be quite refreshing. However, to add a little seriousness to it I might include small amounts of Goethe's color theory in my doodles every now and then. Or I can do whatever falls into my mind as long as it's not the usual.