The warmup after time away has been useful. Good for noticing such things as;
-areas of interest or boredom in setting up a piece
-the feeling in the body: arm/hand to eye/thought and their relation to the emotive/inner visual
-motor skills and duration, and the nature of them
-one's internal image and reference bank. Has it changed? What might it be now? What is one's relation to it?
-ability to translate emotive/visual and logic/visual into workable visual tropes on a canvas or piece of paper
-what's interesting to oneself now?
So, with all that going on (as usual), I set out to do a small copy of a Corot from reproduction.
I'm entranced by the original, but right away, I was ferociously bored by the thought of pecking and flitting away at all these minute details - details that were so integrally gestural in the original, it would be an idiotic errand to try and match them. so, i found myself brushing away with washes rather wildly, letting things drip and run - and enjoying myself!
I think that's a good sign. A Happy Beginning - to setting out, originally, again.