Wednesday, December 11, 2013
I am a third of the way through the mural and doubts arise. I am reminded of an article I read in the Smithsonian about a project and the director said if everyone is happy you aren't doing something right. You are not pushing it enough. Most have been complimentary of the mural but there are a wide variety of artisans and tradesman working on the building and many have their opinions. The painting is not everyone's cup of tea, some that are making strange comments I suspect really think realism is the best way to go in art. But the owners use words like "love" and "spectacular" so I am satisfied. I am also reminded of reading that Cy Twombly's work arises the most intense reactions of love and hate. I love it but don't have the courage to paint like that, not yet anyway. I actually think that I wouldn't mind painting realistically on a large mural because from my brushes' and eyes' perspective it is abstractly just blending colors. I heard Chuck Close say something similar in a documentary and it made me appreciate him as an artist even more. He said he was engaged and enjoying painting the little abstract paintings in the squares then it came together as a large realistic portrait for his viewers. If I was to paint this again, I may do it all differently but I had a bold bright vision and I went for it. All you can do is your best at any point in time and keep looking forward. Should you ever regret going for it? Do actors or singers worry they were too bold?
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Having a show is a great motivator to accomplish work and then hanging the show is an opportunity to step back and evaluate. My goal with paint has been to be more expressive. In the future, I want the painting process to be more immediate like my drawing process. Drawing delights, surprises and leads me to new discoveries. To accomplish this I feel I need to start painting from life. When I have tried this before it has been too much visual information for me to get into a successful painting but perhaps now that I have some faster methods of painting it will work. Drawing for me has that free and easy raw expression, not over thinking but purely expressing, I hope to get into my paintings. There will also be the logistics of time and transporting my materials. Wish me luck in adventures outside and if you get a chance, evaluate my paintings at DéCOR in Carytown of Richmond, VA through September 27th. Thanks!
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Teaching art to children makes me curious and fascinated about our human capacity for creativity. It seems to me that deliberate effort combined with uninhibited thoughts can equal pure genius. The younger children have pure strokes of genius in process and manipulation and the older children have pure genius in ideas. The originality is remarkable. I am sad when children stop themselves because things aren't perfect. However, I have had plenty of "creative" jobs that the most important factors are speed and accuracy. Life and education's dilemma?
According to Robert Genn, to get back to this genius of a child you need to rely on intuition. http://clicks.robertgenn.com/paint-intuitively.php
I want to get the book: Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking , Daniel Dennett
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
It seems like these new paintings appeared like magic in my studio. I intended to play around with some background techniques and then I wanted to keep them as paintings on their own. What do you think? I really miss the festivals of Florida to hear people's reactions and what they are drawn to.
Friday, March 29, 2013
I didn't intend to paint a rabbit just in time for Easter, it just worked out that way. I am working on the rabbit as part of a series of ideas, I don't want to name it yet until it develops. But I would love to know what feelings you get from this painting.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
"Meeting in the Echinaceas", 30" x 24", acrylic on canvas, 2013.
My new shipment of paint arrived and I gorged myself like a child that eats his entire Easter Basket of candy all at once. I intended to paint soft Spring colors but it didn't end that way. Neon Echinaceas!
Hope to teach my version of Van Gogh's "Starry, Starry Night" at the Arts Center in Orange soon. I changed the tree to a cedar. I thought the mountains looked close to our Blue Ridge already. Call Julie Jackson at 540-672-7311 to register.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
It always surprises me when I switch media how many fresh ideas and approaches I have. I think some of the most valuable advice I got in graduate school was from a real working artist Mom who said "no matter what, don't stop making daily visual art decisions." So if your circumstances change and you can no longer paint large oil paintings then switch to small pencil drawings or something managable. It really pays to keep making those decisions, keep practicing, you will continue to grow.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
2013, King of the Yard, acrylic on board, 8" x 10"
I think this big guy would tell you that "it is good to be king".
With this painting, I am happy with the expressiveness of the brush strokes. Drawing is teaching me so much about being expressive and that really is my goal these days.
Monday, February 11, 2013
We had fun going "Into the Jungle" with Henri Rousseau. I look forward to going "Into the Garden" next week with Claude Monet.
I love studying about the artists, their lives are so inspirational. Rousseau didn't start painting full time until he was in his forties. He accomplished a lot by day dreaming on the job, he was essentially a customs inspector, and his weekend jaunts and painting. I was surprised to learn he never visited a jungle, just the botanical gardens and zoos in Paris and used his imagination to travel in his paintings.
Here is a good link to two of his paintings: http://www.nga.gov/kids/linkrousseau.htm
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Bring your sweetheart, friend or family member to the Arts Center in Orange for some painting togetherness on Friday, February 15 from 6 to 9 pm. I will walk you through this painting step-by-step. Bring snacks and wine for a fun, relaxed painting party. $40. for registration and supplies. Call Julie Jackson at 540-672-7311 to register.