Upon looking at this thumbnail now, I think it needs another element like a bucket. The scene feels a little bland.
Anyway - I had a nice email from a reader who was encouraged by my newsletter and a comment I made about painting for myself - and expressing myself. I thought I'd share a little bit of an old article I saved from Soutwest Art (Sept. 2000). Kevin Macpherson wrote about Passionate Painting:
"This artwork (referring to a Walt Gonske painting) although loosely painted, is by no means sloppy. On the contrary, creating it required the artist to make careful choices. His painting is based on keen observation and individual choices; it is not a compilation of facts but rather a careful selection of certain facts to express emotions.
An artist will never be able to compete with the imitative powers of a camera - photography has given us an unreasonable standard of representation. What the camera lacks, however, is the human element, the artist's personal vision and expression of human experience, which elevates a work to art.
If art is only a laborious mechanical re-creation of reality without any emotional direction or purpose, it is only a technical exercise. If the artist has no vision, no feelings to express, no emotions to share, what good is all of his or her acquired skill? The emotions must guide the artist to create a skillful rendition of a subject that evokes the sense and moves the spirit. Art is more about how the artist felt about the subject than about the subject itself."
Now, I think we all struggle with the painting loosely part. Its so much harder than one would think. I think as I evolve I have learned a couple of things... paint big masses with mixes of brushwork and color while holding the right values. Don't go back and correct or tighten up edges. Don't define separate THINGS - its all just shapes of color/value. Don't overmix on your palette. Let the brush work for you - scrub, twist, use the broad side for wide strokes, turn it around and scrape a twig or hair in with the end, etc.
If you want to see some wonderfully expressive beach scenes - look over at Roos Schuring's blog. She is inspiring! And a few other artists I really look to for inspiration are Bye Bitney, Carolyn Anderson and Tom Balderas. Enjoy hunting them down now!
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