Since my last post I have been in a process of changing my diet and athletic training to lose weight because I was having more and more issues with back pain trying to paint and I thought dropping some pounds would maybe help. I am currently about 45 pounds lighter since winter 2016 but I am still finding it hard to stand or sit to work on a painting for anything longer than 15 or 20 minutes at a time, which was becoming increasingly frustrating to me. As of a few months ago i began trying to paint lying in bed, and though i found it more comfortable I had a hard time not making a total mess of my bed. Enter my new Sienna Plein Air mobile painting studio (pictured in first pic) which I finally received in the mail a few days ago, and I am back to work again. I have much more control of the angle of the canvas, which is great, and my paint palette and brush tray nice and close to my painting surface. I will be doing less larger work in the future so that is a bit of a change I will have to accept, but I guess I’ll just have to live with that reality for now. I do intend to do more plein air painting as well with this gear but am psyched how much this set up is helping in my studio.
Trying to get some work done in the studio before I am away for a few days.This painting is painted on top of another painting that was kind of a nod to art deco stylistically so it has some spiral forms in the underpainting. I have been looking at more reference that has low-key lighting so that is showing in the new stuff I have been doing.