Monday, November 30, 2009

Study of Sargent's "Street in Venice"

Sargent study "Street in Venice" 20" x 24" oil on canvas

I decided to test out Sargent's technique the other day, and I've always loved this painting. I usually resist the urge to paint from anyone else's photos or paintings, but since this was only for myself, I decided to give it a shot. It was very liberating to not have to think too much and just study this master's brushstrokes...He really was a genius, and his technique is much more difficult than it looks. That economy of brushstroke is extremely hard to pull off. You have to know exactly how your brush is loaded, and exactly where you want the stroke to be. I believe that each brushstroke he placed on the canvas was deliberate. I'm more of a "slam the paint around until it ends up where you want it" painter, but I'm getting better. I'm learning how to plan and see an end product in my head. It's all such a learning process.
Well, now I have a painting that I'm happy to hang on my wall. It's so strange hanging my own paintings...all I ever see is the mistakes...but I don't feel that way about this one.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

My YouTube Slideshow

My goodness! I'm so brand-spanking new website is getting going and looking great already! And, my webmaster just posted this gorgeous slideshow of my art on youtube, with some beautiful music behind it...THANKS AMANDA! website will be it out and check back soon as it's still in progress.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Searching for Sand Dollars

Searching for Sand Dollars
12"x16" oil on canvas

Yay! Blogger finally let me upload another picture!
My internet connection has been so bad lately that it hasn't been working for the last three days. I can do simple stuff like google searches, but it doesn't like Blogger, Hotmail, or Facebook.
So, this is a fairly recent picture of my daughter, Rhiannon, playing in the sand at Long Beach in Tofino. I've wanted to go to Tofino for years and years, and have always heard how amazing it was. Finally this year, we decided to take a road-trip down the West Coast of B.C. We took the ferry out of Bella Coola, and drove from Port Hardy down to Victoria. It was so beautiful! But when we got to Tofino, the weather was horrible! It was cold, and raining...The supposed miles and miles of beach were obscured by fog and rain. You could hardly seen ten feet in front of you! But it made for some great, moody photos, and the kids had fun anyways, as kids always seem to do.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

the Thunder Dance

12" x 16" oil on canvas

The color companion to my previous post for Kunamokst:
this is from the same reference photo, but I wanted to see what it would look like without the blue color restriction. I'm really happy with the results! I painted it in about 4 hours, right over the top of an old painting that didn't work. No drawing, no prelim, nothing. The feeling of spontaneity and freedom was so liberating! I didn't have to plan and I felt like there was nothing to lose, since it was on an old ruined canvas anyways...If I could only have that with every painting. I have been doing a lot of painting lately, but I've really been struggling. Nothing has been working for so long. I started turning towards photography to fulfill the creative buzz, since so many bad paintings were bringing me down. This success was exactly the confidence injection I needed!