Sunday, January 1, 2012

"To do" list

First I want to wish everybody a Very Happy New Year!

I don't make new-year resolutions, because I believe that the best time to change my life is today, whatever day it is. But I constantly make checklists, which sometimes annoys those living with me. Here is my list of things, related to painting, which I want to learn or improve in 2012: 
1.      do more portraits and figures;
2.      start painting larger sizes – half sheet (maybe full sheet);
3.      paint more from life and en plain air and overcome the fear of by-standers;
4.      paint faster, loosen up my style and focus on simplifying the subjects.

And, as today is the first day, here is my first portrait of the year ( approved by the subject )


Arches 140 lb cp, 19 x 28 cm

9 comments:

Judy said...

Happy New Year to you, Blaga! That is a good "to do" list! The portrait is great!

Jane said...

It is indeed a good portrait! And your check-list is not full of goals that are unreachable, so I am confident you will carry it all out . Happy New Year Blaga!

Tito said...

Very good start!! Happy New Year, Blaga! Ciao.

Lydie said...

Good idea this list, and good challenge :)
I wish you a wonderful year.

Blaga said...

Thank you, Judy, Jane, Tito and Lydie, I much appreciate you leaving a comment!

Nora MacPhail said...

That's a great list! I think changes, like the New Year, really encourage progress. My list includes a monthly self portrait, so that at the end of the year I'll have 12!!

Irina said...

Portraits are very difficult (specially when the model hopes to recognize himself..). Great start of the year!

Elvi said...

E ti è riuscito molto bene. Potrei fare anch'io il proposito di fare più ritratti. Mi piacciono molto, ma ho sempre paura di fare una porcheria e
dico:" la prossima volta". Elvi

Blaga said...

Nora, this sounds like a great idea. I won't make a promise or resolution, but may try to do the same too. Thank you for sharing it! :)

Thank you, Irina! This time the model was quite satisfied. Yet, my most severe critic - my mother - said that "maybe the next attempt will be perfect". Oh, well....

Grazie, Elvi! Mi piacerebbe vedere ritratti fatto da tu.