This was such a fun piece to do. It was an attempt at a somewhat aerial perspective, so setting up the still life was really fun. It's like being in an airplane and configuring the landscape down below. Remember making dioramas and model projects in school? Those were my favorites, and also illustrating report covers, I loved it when that was part of the grade..hooray!
After finding a good composition and photographing to get ideas, I made my sketch and put down the first transparent layers. I'm thinking more shapes of color these days, rather than attempting to illustrate a scene. In my paintings, you won't be able to necessarily identify all edges. I am enjoying the exercise of using color and shapes relating to each other to create a mood and evoke emotions.
I didn't have a title for the piece until the very end. Sometimes I'll go online and research the symbolism of the objects in the piece to get ideas for a title. But of primary concern is that the title must reflect the emotions of the painting. In this case, I realized I had been listening to a CD of music by Debussy the whole time, and "Clair De Lune" is one of my favorites. It creates a wonderful environment for getting lost in the creation of a painting. The melody of that song is so peaceful and romantic, it seemed to fit.
Winter happens to be a really busy time for me, and that busy time has continued through early spring the last couple of years. I'm so thankful to have deadlines to prepare for, and I'm learning how to work better, and produce better results while the deadlines are looming and my own expectations, hopes and dreams are adding pressure on the results of the work. I'm learning how to focus and buckle down, but also accept the gift of grace to make mistakes during the process.
Problems are hidden opportunities, and constraints can actually boost creativity.
With the next series coming up the deadlines are in very quick succession. I'm finding it easier to focus on a more specific task, get that one handled, and then I'll be free to work on the larger scope series, which has a theme of "Iconic." I'll be working around the theme within the subject matter of still life/interiors. Watch the artwork pages for updates once work is complete! What are your favorite paintings in a series from artists you admire, or work you have done yourself? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below. And I just listened to "Artists Helping Artists," on BlogTalk Radio about creating in a series. I highly recommend this show for inspiration and great art business ideas.
I get really excited when tulip season is near. After several trips up to the Skagit Valley already, finally the crocus buds are making their appearance. By this time last year, the fields were full of daffodils. But with the snowier winter, we have awhile to wait. Here is a work in progress, no title yet, and a peek into my studio.