Getting an idea out of my heart and head is not always easy. Sometimes it comes together, and sometimes it doesn't. I wanted to try a different approach to my work and underpaintings on this group, which are slated for exhibition from my Gwaii Haanas Artist In Residence experience. The colours on the underpainting are different from how I generally combine the subject and technique. I've taken an approach to combine the quick onsite plein-air experience with the more academic figurative approach. So far, it's coming along, and I anticipate that it will provide the results that I'm looking for.
"When you've got friends to wish you well...you'll find a point when you will exhale" And with that, I've begun my residency. What a blessing to see folks that have been participants and co-workers in both arts and administrative capacities, from all corners of the world. It was a flurry of activity, and also quite strange - almost like being transported back into a space that I'd long ago left.
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.