It's January 2, 2009 and I still haven't made a list of my goals for this year. I'm so reluctant to commit my intentions to paper or blog and I can't understand why. Hmmm. Maybe this is a hidden personality trait that I need to come to terms with this year.
The only "goal" I've stated so far is that I want to paint using more translucent colors. I have experimented with translucent colors in the past and was happily surprised with the results. I used ultramarine blue for shadows on a path in one painting. Another time I used hansa yellow for a sky color in a forest painting. The sky had a certain luminosity shining through the forest trees. So why haven't I gone more in this direction? Well, I intend to. For me, old habits die hard.
After spending years of time and gallons of paint, it's not easy to step back and re-examine the technical aspects of painting, although I feel this is where I need to go in the future. It's just all part of the journey.
And my goals? Well I plan on getting to those a little later. I know that some morning I'll wake up, grab a pen and notebook, and they'll all come spilling out on paper. Once I commit to something there is no stopping me. I'm that stubborn. (Another hidden personality trait I need to come to terms with). For right now, I have several ideas floating around in my head for 2009. I guess my time clock must be different from everyone else's.