Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Back Bay, Newport Beach. It's wonderful to paint here when there are clouds because you can get a great view of the layers. Some days I choose my painting location depending on the weather or the season. People ask how I choose where or what to paint. Locally I know several places that I paint frequently. So sometimes it depends on the weather - it's too hot in summer to paint the canyons; the beach is more fun and populated when it's warmer; and some foliage is too dead in certain seasons to be interesting. Other than that, sometimes I go somewhere with a friend. Or if inventory is low on a type of painting and I need more, then I go there. And occasionally I adventure 1.5 hours away to drive around and see whats there, maybe take 1/2 day to do a photo shoot and discovery mission. I'll go somewhere I heard there is an open space reserve that is good, or some little know spot with great views.
So, if you know of some great areas, let me know. And I'll publish some photos or paintings once I go there!
It's always interesting to paint outside because you never know what is going to happen or what may come to your attention. Where I set up to paint is a walkway with houses on one side, a small sandy area, then the bay. Locals and tourists constantly are passing by. You get a different crowd depending on the season and the economy. Our dollar must be a good buy right now because I could hear a larger variety of accents as people were walking by. It's fun to try and guess where they have come from by their accents and dress.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Imagine having the ability to stop where you are and take in the world where you stand. To feel the slight breeze on your skin, be aware of the smells in the air, feel the denseness or business or quietude of the ambiance that is surrounding you. To have a sense of the balance of all forms close by, and of the flow of energy that permeates the scene before you. These are the types of things that good artists can do. We take this essence and feeling and translate it for you, so you too can join us and be mesmerized also.
My intent of this blog will be to share with you my insights and heart as an artist.
I will be including the following in my future posts:
- How it feels to be filled with passion and enthusiasm
- How or why certain subject matter may be chosen to be painted
- To explain about some of the technical aspects of painting in a simple way so you have more understanding
- Descriptions of the emotional side of being involved with a scene
- Tales of what happens in an artists day when you are open to discovering what life may bring you.
- Resources for artists and others, including suppliers, vendors, business books or places of assistance, travel notes, etc.
- Philosophical thoughts as they relate to a certain painting (I can't help it, I'm emotional and I frequently ponder about the meaning of life, human existence, and the nature of reality)