I'm enjoying this little piece right now. 16"x16," is currently a smaller size for me, since the focus has been on gallery shows. I am working on expressing a chosen color palette which helps promote the emotional message of the subject. The actual colors of the fabric were different than they appeared in the painting, and I wouldn't normally choose pink. But it seemed to fit, in this case. And sometimes once you see a thing, it takes on its own personality. I just get a bit of joy out of this one.
As a former designer it's interesting to look at current trends. Did you know that Pantone is a company that publishes color trend predictions several times a year? Typically the trends begin in Europe and slowly make their way westward. Here on the West Coast our design culture may not be reflecting the trends until a year or two after they begin. In the same way that I don't look up symbolism for objects in my still life until after the painting is complete, I don't consult color trends for choices in my palette beforehand. But after I'm done with a piece like this one, where I wonder, "Huh...that's sure different from what I thought it would be..." I'll take a look around and see where that influence might have come from. It's just kind of fun to think about. Right now I'm looking at the Fall 2017 trends just published and am seeing "Ballet Slipper," "Butterum," "Navy Peony," "Tawny Port," and 17-4402." Whoa, Crazy!
I wonder if other artists are interested in the color trends of our culture and how much do other artists choose to bring that influence in while they're working. :) Feel free to chime in with a comment below. :) Thanks!
It's tough to generate art repeatedly and for deadlines. Especially when those deadlines are back to back. But it's what I was really wanting to learn how to do. Many wise people have said if you want to get better, make lots of art. And those are some artists who are really good at what they do. So pressure is not the enemy. According to Steven Pressfield who wrote "The War of Art," the enemy is our own resistance. We resist things that are difficult. Of course. And how incredible does it feel to push past that discomfort to accomplish something worthwhile? Pretty awesome!
I've found other hints at the secret to encouraging productivity and inspiration when you need it. A fun read on the topic is "Creative Block" by Danielle Krysa. She is the genius behind "The Jealous Curator." I love her sense of humor and down-to-earth attitude about being an artist. She published a collection of interviews she did with artists, asking them about their creative block issues. One trick I have picked up is to try to sneak up on the painting at hand. I tell myself, "I don't have to do a painting right now, I'm just setting up a still life and getting some composition shots. I'm not really doing a painting right now, I'm just sketching out some ideas. I'm not really painting right now, I'm just getting this drawing onto a canvas...with paint...but I'm not painting yet. You get the idea. I'm not sure exactly which artist came up with that, or maybe it was from one of my workshops such as a Robert Burridge from several years ago. But anyway, I've found it extremely helpful for removing the pressure to create something right now. It's just taking the next step...no biggie. :) Next thing you know, you're well on your way to having a first layer, or blocking in the focal areas.
Below is my latest painting in progress. I'm not sure what to call it yet, but it's part of an upcoming show this June at Fairweather House & Gallery in Seaside Oregon. I love going to Fairweather each year...it's a beautiful and artful environment, right on the amazing Oregon Coast. Denise Fairweather, owner of the gallery, along with her great staff always put on an inspiring show, featuring artists from near and far. This year's June show is titled "Iconic." My own interpretation of the theme will be to continue with the still life and floral interior painting's I've currently been doing with some iconic seaside objects and scenery added into these pieces. The work has got me yearning for summer sunshine and warm sandy beaches.
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I love the Pacific Northwest dearly, but around February or March, we have been under dense cloud cover, with crisp temperatures and many drippy days in a row. While it provides the cleanest air you can breathe, and unbelievably beautiful landscape, we get a bit vitamin-D deprived around this time. Thankfully a trip to sunny California was just the ticket. Disneyland, Universal Studios and beaches provided so much fun.
Whenever I go someplace new, I try to find an art gallery or several. It's a fun kind of treasure hunt. I had no idea what would be waiting there, but remembered that there was a plein aire competition with Laguna in the name. If you have been to Laguna Beach, then you know what is there, but I didn't. Imagine the happy surprise on discovering about 100 galleries along the coast there in Laguna! A favorite discovery was the Alice-Rice Gallery, a friendly member gallery with super-cool pieces, and friendly owners. Another favorite was the Marc Whitney Gallery. Oh wow, I just wanted to move in and live in that place. He does such beautiful work.