Paintings by Dianne Mize

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Chasing Light--Again

Light study in woods   Gouache on WC paper   4" x 5"

This morning, just as the light began its prelude in our woods, I spent well over an hour on the deck chasing it with another little gouache study.  (You can click on the image for a larger version, but keep in mind it's only 4 x 5 inches). 

When doing these little plein air studies, I like to check in occasionally to see what's going on in my brain.  What often happens is my attention to the subject will get subverted to random thoughts.  I'll think I'm focused on the subject whereas my brain has gone on automatic pilot: I'm moving paint around on the painting but  my attention will have drifted to other stuff.  That's when it's a good idea to shake out the brain rattle and refocus on the subject, and that's most often when I discover the light has changed once again.

It's called paying attention.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

1 comment:

Mo.Mize said...

Love this post and the painting! It is something about paying attention and as a artist I find it hard sometimes because what can be done to the art it self is never limited which causes the ideas to always have a tendency to change... That has been my biggest struggle lately so I'm learning to stick to the first idea and see it through before I change it lol. So that way I'll know that it's okay to try something else......