It’s Not ‘Artist Block’

The big deal about painting for me is to find something that really grabs me then I can get started. Sometimes it takes a while to find something. I think of lots of subjects and look at many photos and find some reason to change my mind and I’m back to square one. There probably aren’t too many artists out there like me who are leisure artists and don’t paint for monetary gain.

Anyway, I really wanted to do a scene of the Grand Canal in Venice, but finally talked myself out of it because of its complexity (too many buildings); I couldn’t choose which one of my beautiful sunset beach photos to paint. I collect photos on Pinterest and didn’t see a lighthouse with a beam over the ocean with rocks and rough water that I liked. But I am always challenged by rough seas so I chose to do a copy of a classic by Michelangelo.

The first photo is the original and the second is where I’m at right now. The most interesting thing is with my old 80 year old eyes I kept counting to see where the 13th disciple was in his painting. Can you find 13 disciples? I read that it was the only seascape that this brilliant, creative genius did in his life, AND he put himself into the boat as the 13th disciple. He was a very religious man, having done many religious sculptures, classical art, including the Sistine Chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City.

Michelangelo’s ‘Storm at Sea’
Starting with the ‘blocking in’ process.

Below are paintings I’ve done recently, a sea cave, a Monet copy, and a Van Gogh copy. In the last one it appears that Jesus is talking with his disciples and also in the far distance a donkey with a rider comes into the town. It may be a reflection on Van Gogh’s being a minister for a while.

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