Last January, I started trying to produce one painting a month. After a year of not painting, one painting a month seemed like a noble goal. Logically, I recognize that to become a better painter, I should be painting just about every day. There are a few other things that I think I should do, but that is a separate post.
As 2012 comes to a close, and I look back over the art I produced, I can see some themes emerged without any planning on my part. (I mentioned things I should do to improve as a painter? Planning would be nice.) Most of my work I did sitting at my kitchen table, alla prima, very quickly. I'm calling these paintings the "Kitchen Table Series." Typically, they are small still lifes. Here's a recent example, called "Pear, Orange, & Vase." There are several common themes among these paintings.
--I do the paintings alla prima.
--I use whatever I have on hand.
--They are typically very fast. One to two hours.
This is a theme I plan to carry over into 2013, to build into a series.