Painting the landscape as it passed by at 65 mph reminded me that I could use more practice painting strictly from memory.
After glancing at this view (not studying it carefully) I turned my back and attempted to paint an impression of what I remembered. For me, this uses an entirely different section of my brain. It is not an eye / hand coordination process nor is it a process in which the painting develops in its own direction with each mark. It feels disjointed and awkward. Of course ….. that means I need to do it more often until it feels comfortable, until I feel the creative juices flowing during the process.
For this painting I lay down colors in watercolor. The shapes and colors appeared lifeless. When a painting is lifeless, I resort to splatters to bring energy onto the paper. When that fails, I resort to my fountain pen to redefine something …. anything. When that fails, I take what I’ve learned and move on, knowing I’m one step closer to a more exciting and more successful painting from memory.