Still practising starts. This morning before work I did the above start from a thumbnail of an invented still life I did a night or two ago (below).
To me this is a very promising image containing the sense of mystery, melancholy and play of light and shadow that I like to see in art. There are a few errors I can see, like the shelf dropping off to the right. But it is a good start, and maybe one day soon I will have the guts to finish it!
Don’t paint thinly as a student – later you will, but there will be something lacking unless you first learn to paint with more pigment. Paint with freedom, it gives you more mastery of the nature of paint. Make a lot of starts; wait till later to try to finish things. Do three of four of these studies every day, and leave the picture making to those who call themselves artists. (from: Hawthorne on Painting). [italics mine]
I am starting to enjoy being a complete novice at painting in oil. First steps are important. So important, in fact, that Cavafy wrote a poem about it:
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