Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Working on multiple paintings with similar subject, allows me to investigate and refine the color, design, drawing, and other elements that go into creating a painting. You'll see in the photo reference for this piece that I don't have any images with the color and mood taken on site, that I was trying to capture. Most of our hiking was late morning till late afternoon. Even if I managed to be at the right place at dawn or dusk there is no guarantee that I would see dramatic light. Besides that, photos can't reproduce the vast amount of visual information that we can see. But digital cameras allow the artist to see a small image of a photo instantly, so I'm able to analyze the photo and the reality at the same time. I then make notes of what I observe and what the camera reproduces. What I note is not reality, but my interpretation of reality. I'm not trying to copy the scene, I'm certainly not capable of that. The painting is a personal representation.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Much more is needed than just a nice photo to make a successful painting. Fortunately I don't take many good photos. Here's an example of things I'm still learning as a painter.
I'm often asked how long does it take to finish a painting. That's difficult to answer. I'm not always sure when a painting is finished. I plan to work on another painting or 2 based on the photos and what I remember from hiking that day, and also working with what I learned painting this one.