Last week, I spent a few lovely days in Omerville, a small village near Giverny, France, where a large collection of stunningly beautiful paintings by Joaquin Sorolla are at display. Although my stay was short, it has left a deep impression on me. France is a wonderful country (as you probably know). The immense wheat fields, the windmill parks, the small villages, the buildings, the vegetation, everything is beautiful. I’m still in awe and although a viral infection kept me on the sofa for a little longer than I wanted to this week, it gave me time to think about where I want to go with my painting. I am determined to study nature more profoundly than I have so far, doing alla prima studies combined with longer, bigger paintings. I realize there are so many subjects to be found outside that can keep me busy for nine lifetimes. Unfortunately, I’m only sure of this one life I have today, so a sense of urgency is present. Particularly since I’ll have to start looking for a new job soon. Though I would love to just keep dividing my time between my family and painting, there are bills to pay. Sales are dramatically low, so like so many peope in my near environment have told me: you can’t put 5 kids on the world and then just paint happily ever after. Unless a patron would miraculously be interested in my work all the sudden, haha!
Here’s a little study I did in France last week.
I will show another painting I made in France in my October newsletter, which will be sent early next week. My Sincere thanks go out to those of you that are genuinly interested in what I do.