An artist needs to be prepared for just about anything. When the creative spirit strikes, don't be caught with your canvas down!
I'm pleased to present the finished work, "The Artist's Daughter". Featured in earlier posts, and the subject of a process video (see links below), this has been an important work for me - not only because my model and muse is my daughter Grace, but because it was my first concentrated effort in creating a figurative work in a classical style.
Process is everything. Arriving at the destination is always so much less than the journey when it comes to creating - for me, anyhow. The thrill is in seeing how things emerge, the spirit that comes through...or in some cases, drops back from the original concept in a piece. There is so much learning. There is so much learning and this is what excites me about painting. It is different every day.
Magic, the super-natural and giving over of oneself to the alchemy of it all is sometimes the only path an artist can walk. Here are two freaky pieces I'd consider my best work ever that came out of a healthy dose of Stephen King, thunder and lightening.
Any time that I spend a lengthy time working on tight, classic work...it's too much for me. My creative muscles atrophy; my brain keeps me up all night and I feel like I'm trudging along, thermos and lunchpail, to my shift at the factory studio.
Choices are one and the same. Through the process of creation, we destroy. Through destruction, we create. Through imagery of Haida Gwaii, contemplate your choices as an artist.
There are ups and downs in every artist's studio. This week has had all of that. Here are my epic fails and triumphant wins.
The very interesting thing is that no matter where you are in relationship to the painting, it changes according to the reflection of the light source.
There is a big difference in working on site, with all of the sensory input of the moment. Sound, light, colour, smells...they all ADD to the moment of rapture when creating the work, and for me as an artist, there is nothing quite like that pure energy of creating the "feeling" of what you have in that one moment and place.