Once upon a time an artist had a large canvas which had been a Rothko like experiment. It never went anywhere so consider it a canvas ground color to try my new expressionist style.
I am attracted to the 1930-1950 fashion so I researched some photos on Morguefile.com which shares free photos for artists.
Can you see the ground color peeking through the blue sky?
To complete the lady reading I added a stylized sky and some shadows. This was never meant to be a realistic painting merely a personal interpretation.
I discovered that I am happiest when painting with color and the freedom to do just as I please. I am not tied to perfect perspective, perfect value or perfect local colors. I like mixed media with stenciling and the addition of papers to my work and I like painting people.
Getting rid of the "perfect" seems to be the key for me to relax and let the paint flow.
So now what do I do with this enlightenment?
Just paint and enjoy the journey.
Mary Ellen Koser