Saturday, November 03, 2007

November 3 - Moonlight on the Chapel, U of Redlands

Original acrylic, 8 x 5 inches, on board. One of the nice things about painting on location is the freedom one has to interpret what is "out there" and make a decent expression of the mood, the effects of light, and to add one's personal statement.

"There I was, painting on location, with about a dozen others in the same area...." Each one of us painting a familiar scene, yet uniquely our own end result. Me, on a sunny afternoon, decided to change what was in front of me to a moonlight scene. With the Color System, all I did was close the lids on four of the pigments, and paint away, keeping my values fairly close to one another, and focusing on the focal point's facade to convey night time.

Here's the actual view during the day, to give you an idea of how much freedom I expressed in changing the time of day and the composition. Being able to move away from "what's out there" to my own artistic expression is the most freeing thing for me as an artist. No longer constrained to the limits of photography, or on location sites, I can begin to exercise my unique vision in pigment. What does it take? Miles of canvas, a willingness to make mistakes for the purpose of learning, and belief in one's ability to have a fresh vision on ordinary subjects. And miles of canvas. Did I already say miles of canvas? Oh, senior moment! Miles of canvas. Paint. Paint more. And then paint more. No shortcuts in this business, sorry!

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1 comment:

Doris Glovier said...

This is a wonderful painting. I enjoyed reading your insight about what it takes to come to this point as an artist. Thanks!