Thursday, April 30, 2009

In Full Glory

That yellow sky is such a motivator, especially this time of year. The tulip fields are in full bloom, here in the Skagit Valley. My outside thermometer reads 41 but it feels likes 50. My problem was finding the pickers. By the time I found them, they were too deep in the fields, but the painting of intense color felt good.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

What is art?

While my readership is nonexistent with this first blog entry, I'll define the question of "What is Art?" without too much fear of rebuttal.

If you confront a painting and you really like it, it works. If you confront a painting and you absolutely hate it, it still works. If you walk by a painting and you continue on to the next, maybe that's the one that is lacking, at least for you. Bottom line- art has to convey emotion to the viewer, negative or positive. So, when you walk up to a painting and say, 'Who would ever buy this?'- it worked!

Art is about conveying emotion.
Now for the artist, it's more about the process of doing as opposed to the end product expected.

In this blog I'd like to share my thoughts on that process from the exhilaration of plein air (outdoor) painting to the timelessness I feel in the studio painting impasto, modulating color with the brush and palette knife with thick layers of oil paint.

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