In August 2019 I had a show, the last show, the swan song, the I never want to do this again show. I had taken a year to clean my palette from twentyfive years of putting pets in old master paintings and I just wanted some random paint splashing. One thing I tried was taking a bunch of reference pictures from a local dance recital, I loved how the kids were the biggest fans, watching every performance, sometimes dancing in the wings. I've always been a nut for Degas, but his dancers are pros and tired a lot and when backstage they are not watching but just readjusting and catching a breath. I loved these happy, excited little girls. I miss them, like everyone else they can't be doing this right now. Hang on girls! better times coming!! After never wanting to paint again now I want to do it more than ever, get back in the dance. What a difference a pandemic can make.
Here are a few tiny landscapes (6x6) that I copied from internet sources. The first two are Monets and the last is by Degas.
Monet painted on location and Degas painted only in studios and clearly just made it up to please himself. I hate painting outside also, but don't really like to make up the great outdoors so I have forsworn landscape paintings. I somehow missed the possibility of using a photo reference for this, although I have no trouble using photos for people or pets or even still life... so that's pretty ridiculous. Right now I don't get out much like everybody else and even if I could I'm not fond of Florida landscapes. Too flat, too green with messy plants. I really wish we had rocks somewhere. Just some shapes. I've got some great huge ice age rock pics, the Huelgoat in France, but if you don't put people in the pictures they just look like pebbles.