Watercolor: Novella (& the distraction of email)

I stayed in an old mill on a river, converted to a Bed & Breakfast Inn, while attending a friend’s wedding in Massachusetts a few years ago, and the background interior of this painting came from photos I took in my room that weekend. The figure was added to the scene from snapshots taken with a model about a decade ago. Do you ever mix and match your reference photos from different times, locations and figures to create new, imagined scenes?

The books I listened to (and thoroughly enjoyed) while painting this watercolor:

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Novella under way

If you’re struggling with time management, and checking & re-checking email plays a part in your distraction issues, this article about managing email-time while working on prioritizing your creative mojo may be of use to you.

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Novella in the studio, almost finished

Art Quote

How distressing it is to hear young painters talking about dealers, shows, newspaper reviews, rich patrons, and so on. All that comes with time — or will never come. But first one must make friends, create them through one’s work. What sustains the artist is the look of love in the eyes of the beholder. Not money, not the right connections, not exhibitions, not flattering reviews.

~Henry Miller

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Novella 20×16 Watercolor (Available here.) (Sold)

5 thoughts on “Watercolor: Novella (& the distraction of email)”

  1. Pingback: Still Life Painting Design Ideas - Adding Interest to your Art (even if it wasn't there) - Belinda Del Pesco

  2. Hi Belinda,
    Yes I do mix resource photos to get the look I want. Not all the time, but my passion is clouds at the moment. So if a scene needs more, I look through the resource photos I’ve taken to see what might work.

    Love your painting and your blog.

    XOXOXOXOXO Barbara

    1. Hi Barbara, I think Ive seen some of your beautiful paintings from mixed image sources, and I think they involved clouds too! Thanks for the visit and the reply. I love your blog and your art too, so we’re twins. 🙂

  3. Thanks for the article on managing email time – one of my biggest problems! Also love your example of using multiple sources for your paintings. Thank you again for sharing your very helpful strategies and techniques.

    1. Hi Kathleen, I feel your pain on the email time management. Especially when one is doing business online; it’s easy to structure the day around that prioritized communication, but bracketed time management options are sure handy! Thanks for the visit!

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