Friday, April 15, 2016

Taking Time to Look...

Color Study for Red & White, detail from 18 x 24 oil on canvas

Careful observation makes a difference as we work. For me each time I commit line or mass to blank paper/canvas, it must come from my gut; otherwise, I may never do anything. Whatever our work or process, that first step often requires some degree of courage. This said, a more successful drawing or painting usually begins before my pencil or brush touches the surface.

A full minute or two looking before making that initial mark helps me form a visual opinion. Thoughts come to mind and I work through ideas, color choices, usage of line, volume and composition - maybe not all at once mind you, but I become more aware of what interests me enough to keep moving forward. This is a real advantage because if things need change, I can do this. After all, to realize what doesn't seem to work is just as important to me as understanding what feels right.

I save time by setting up and understanding patterns that may not seem so clear in the very beginning. The structure and true beauty of objects begins to show. In other words, it's like discovery and I learn...for this I'm most grateful. ;)

Study for Gathering, 8 x 10 oil on canvas

Stretch, gesture study - charcoal on paper

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Thanks for looking and I welcome you to visit me a Have a great day and a better weekend. Peace and Health all -