Inspired by the articles about lessons on Faye Phillips website (check it out: http://faye-christian-phillips.blogspot.com/), I thought I would share part of my starting out process. I graph my photo and canvas and then transfer my image. I work on composition and at trying to simplify shapes. I will paint this with bright flat colors to achieve a graphic, contemporary look.
So many people in this area paint beautiful, realistic wildlife and landscapes. This is my way of processing what I am seeing and making it my own.
How difficult it is to be simple." (Vincent van Gogh)
I have fought and fought with this painting and it still defies me. It is based on a photo of my mom and her sister and their husbands. I liked the idea that you weren't sure who was captured, the men or the women. Acquiring a husband was considered such a prize then. But their faces looked as if they couldn't decide to be proud or worried about their futures. I think they were really just squinting from the sun.
I also learned it's not a good idea to quit a painting because you lose the passion to finish and you sort of lose what it was that fired you up in the first place. However, I am finding that letting a painting "rest" for a while and then coming back to it, sometimes teaches you to find your mistakes. At least I'm painting even if they aren't turning out.
A quick and dirty paint sketch of the poplars out back. As soon as the weather improves (and my temperment) I am going to do some plein aire painting. I am in awe of the brilliant yellow-green of the early leaves. This one will probably get painted over but its a start.
One of those days, everything that could go wrong goes sideways. I'm so frustrated I could bite the heads off of chickens. I made this painting yesterday, hated it, wiped a bunch of paint off and now I kind of like it. I may go back in a tinker a little, give it a couple coats of gloss finish and just live with it. I think I have artist's block.
I hate the weather (glum) too.
If anyone is interested, nearly all paintings are for sale.
I always walk the dog every morning along an abandoned airstrip just behind our house. We had just turned around to walk home when a cougar calmly walked out of the Headwaters pathways and crossed our path. He checked us out briefly, then loped off into the brush. I was packing my bear spray but not my cell phone. Thankfully, my dog neither saw or smelled it. I made a lot of noise walking home, held my nordic poles up over my head and carried my spray at the ready. The adrenaline is still pumping!
I am an acrylic painter exploring color and texture. I like horses, Canadian wildlife, old trucks, bold women, kind men, tequila and cashews. Most paintings are for sale. Contact me for prices and shipping if you are interested in purchasing a painting. And thanks for viewing my blog!