Monday, May 28, 2012
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Dawn Emerson, a fantastic artist, suggested I read "Art and Fear" with a certain area in mind. The quote from this book that I am going to add here is why I have posted this art piece and I will explain that after the quote:
"Fears about art making fall into two families: fears about yourself, and fears about your reception by others. In a general way, fears about yourself prevent you from doing your best work, while fears about your reception by others prevent you from doing your own work."
When I read this my thought was that this was a true metaphor for LIFE and not just art.
The painting that I posted here was the first painting where I stated out loud," I am not going to sell this painting." Where we live we have a beautiful pond and waterfall and I believe this was one of my first "plein air" experiences. I walked up there with what I thought were all my supplies. I stood in the direct sun (a real no,no), no cover for my paints, sun in my eyes, sweat dripping off my nose and bugs everywhere. I gave it a good try but it just wasn't working. I beat myself up and was ready to pack it in and walk home in disgust. As I started packing up I noticed for the first time the vines hanging down in front of these gorgeous rocks. I couldn't believe I had been looking at them all along but hadn't seen them. I just put a couple of them in and presto the painting had a lot of meaning to me. It was a real ahah moment. Not to give up and to remember I was there for me to enjoy and grow and learn and not to worry about creating a masterpiece that I might be able to sell.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
This little guy is a miniature donkey. I am hoping to go on a great photoshoot of him and his little brothers and sisters. He is so cute.
I just finished painting him so the paint is very wet.
I hope you have a fabulous weekend.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I am experimenting with many things looking for fresh and new ideas. This piece has acrylic paint, fineline and pastels. I started with one thing in mind and it kept changing, getting wiped out and then a new approach! I had fun doing it. I let loose and thought, it's only paper. The title came from a song in my head even though I didn't have any music going, just a lot of pent up energy wanting out.
Do give yourself the freedom to try it.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
This painting had a mind of its own. The reference was a previously lost image from Bella
Coola. If you could see the reference you would wonder how I came up with this painting. What can I say other than the photo was the starting off point and then something else took over. It could be my 10 years of living on the prairies with the big prairie sky and the simplicity of the landscape that made the beauty. Whatever it was, I rather like the results. I hope you do too.
Monday, May 21, 2012
I was going through some backup CDS of photos taken in Bella Coola and found images from an 80 year old lady's English Garden. (Lesson here is always do a hard copy backup). Among her many gorgeous flowers were these Blue Poppies.
This painting is done in transparent oil on Gessobord.
Friday, May 18, 2012
I wanted to try this from a campsite. As is typical of painting outdoors - there are obstacles. The
first one being crows. I thought what could a crow want with my paints as I was moving from one
picnic table to another. THE SEAL ON MY MINERAL SPIRITS. I couldn't believe it. They had the
sucker out of there and were about to fly away with it. I had a heck of a time getting it put back together.
The picture quality is not the best since I didn't bring my better cameras but I think you have a pretty good idea from this.
I hope everyone has a great weekend.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
Here is my first bird painting. I have a few in mind since I got some awesome photos the other day. Makes me want to go and hang out where they meet and see what else I can catch.
The weather is awesome, the birds are singing. Yeah!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
The title of this painting came from me trying to focus on what painting means to me. Energy, color,emotion, color, richness, color, texture. You get it. It felt so good doing this painting with nothing but a couple of random strokes of color on the canvas and one thing leads to another. No reference other than my memory of many times in nature and what catches my attention.
If you are interested in this painting you will have to wait to have it shipped since the paint is very thick. I did most of it with a palette knife.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
I thought I would post a learning painting. This is one of many that do not work.
I look at it today as though I was an instructor in a class and what could I say to this student? The perspective is wrong, the light direction isn't obvious, maybe the background could be more muted to show distance....
I got caught up in the color which is my favourite and in the process I lost the painting.
It's all part of my learning curving.