Roxanne Dyer shares her tip on how to keep the flow of painting going in your studio.
While I enjoy my workshop space, sometimes I feel very isolated and need a little encouragement to get in there. Usually I will run a favourite film on my computer while I work, instead of playing music. When my gaze wanders to the computer monitor, the distraction allows my
mind a moment to relax and then return fresh to my painting. From time
to time, in such an instant, I regain perspective and renewed energy
and can easily resolve a troubling passage in my work.
My selection of film is often based on light and mood as well as the soundtrack, which influences my choices, the development of my painting and the final result. For example, with my paintings L’Habilleuse (below) or Dress Rehearsal VI (below), I might have watched “The Tennant of Wildfell Hall” or “Girl With a Pearl Earring.” Both of these films are magnificent are demonstrate extraordinary lighting and mood.
Rollo May discusses the importance of such an exercise in his book, one of my favorites, “The Courage to Create.”
Competition Spotlight in the November 2009 issue.
Dress Rehearsal VI (oil on canvas, 40×30) by Roxanne Dyer