| 03 October, 2011 12:54
Painting What I See:
I am an oil painter and teacher. Recently, I embarked on a new venture in painting for me--painting from the soul!!!. In the past, my work has been about nature, places I have visited around the world and viewer recognition of place. These painting were produced through an analytical process of drawing, value numbers, color mixing specific techniques including scrumbing. I began by picturing the final work, completing a value underpainting in opposite colors and painting over that with the true colors using a palette knive while scrumbing. I sold much work.
But, for a year, I have been feeling the need to do something more. I strugged with this, read an lot, listened to others [even my students] and finally I identified the need--it was to paint what I feel--paint with more expression and emotion. It was a long, emotional journey, but I made it.
Painting What I Feel:
Now, I am embarked on painting from my emotions--painting what I feel about things and about how I experienced them--what Georgia O Keeffe called "Equivanence". It begins with identifying what I am passionate about, putting a canvas on my easel and beginning to paint. There is no plan and usually no clear vision of a result. To date, I done 8 paintings. After the third, I realized I was painting my beloved New York City. So far I have done 7 of those. Then, my love of sunsets [I live in Florida} emerged and I completed 1 of a sunset on the ocean.