“The Interrupted Tea Party” – natural vs artificial lighting + creating scheduled tasks

I do like waking up with the sun shining through my windows. Somehow this brightness clears my mind and fills me with happy feelings. I also realize that I like working on my paintings in the daylight. For some reason at night the colors don’t speak to me the same way they do while lit by the natural daylight. Well, of course they are different. At night they are lit by artificial lighting which usually has a yellowish (warm) tint. The artificial lighting makes colors a little bit off. My mind makes very different decisions when I look at paintings in the daylight. Decisions are clearer and it seems like they are easier to make too.

Working on The Interrupted Tea Party during day. Colors are sharp.
Working on The Interrupted Tea Party during night. Colors are a bit blurred.

I have been up since eight in the morning, so I am going to do my most intense creative work before two in the afternoon. I know that at some point I will need to eat my breakfast, meaning, break away from my work and be distracted, but that is okay as long as I don’t spend too much time downstairs and come back to my room to work immediately after having oats. Of course, ideally it would be great to eat my meal at two in the afternoon, but that sounds already like lunch I am talking about. Considering that I am most likely going to have my breakfast after about an hour, lunch becomes another meal. I should be ready for my exercises at four, so yeah, having my most intense creative decision makings before two in the afternoon would be awesome. Of course then, after lunch, I can spend my time reading and researching for my new play or written work.

It seems like I’ve been making a mistake with my time setup for painting. I don’t have a clear time frame the same way I have for the other tasks, so sometimes it becomes a little too much to work on one painting for hours non stop and have my back hunched while putting dots on it. I get physically tired so my decision making gets compromised. I begin making mistakes.

Today I decided to take down my paintings from my walls. I don’t need their “interference” with this one (The Interrupted Tea Party). I had this feeling that after I do all this filling with the colors I should just grab a larger brush and with big strokes cover some areas with the white. This thought, I believe, came to me after I checked the process of how the painting was developing earlier. I remember thinking how I really liked the dominating white with the sharp pencil lines. I liked the feeling and got this urge to cover the canvas and all that confined coloring in with the solid colors with some expressive brush strokes, but then I realized, I should let it be the way it is. I always can do that on another canvas. So whatever is coming out of me on this one is going to stay the way it is developing. I always can cover it later with the white if it really starts irritating me.

Sometimes after you leave your work to mature you come back for those expressive strokes later. This painting is the way it is because it was born this way. It is perfectly fine if it doesn’t fit with other canvases. That means it is exactly the way it should be with all the “mistakes” I made on it. They might not be mistakes after all. They might be the strengths of the painting. So what I am doing with it right now is removing this needless importance of how this painting should be painted. Just play with it and see what develops in the process.

The Interrupted Tea Party got its hooker’s green hue in all right places.

I should say the sun is weird today. It is trying to shine through the clouds which are almost fog-like because I can clearly see the sun through them. The sun is like a light bulb behind a defuse. This type of light is perfect for film. Funny how my thoughts went there, talking about film lighting when brainstorming light for my paintings. After I saw some of my friends posting their photos on the Internet a certain realization came to me about how I would like to approach my film lighting now. I was placing light and subjects in their photos as if I would be photographing them. It was a bit weird, but I liked the fact that I was learning something while observing work of other artists.

Originally written on 11-7-17

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