Alongside the fear of not making “good” paintings if I sit outside and paint, is the “block” of feeling like it has all been done before AND so much better than I. Who am I, the thinking goes, to presume that I could add ANYTHING to the reams of artwork painted of the outdoors. And black-eyed susans, along with mountains and trees, must be some of the most oft-painted subjects EVER!!! Good Grief!
But where I’m choosing to go with this recently is: well, these are MY black-eyed susans. They grow every year in MY backyard, next to MY blue chair, and these are MY paintings. And though I still feel like I’m reacquainting myself with this delicious medium I used to paint with all the time, I’m loving the soft, yet vibrant color, the watercolor underpainting, and the loose treatment.
Both 6″ x 6″.