In the car, on the way home from Mackinac Island one year, I completed a small watercolor of this view. I used that piece as a color study for this acrylic painting.
For my artist friends who may find it interesting, this painting is the first time I’ve ever used Prussian Blue. I love Prussian Blue! How had I never been introduced to that color before?!?! It made me wonder what else I’ve been missing out on; so on a recent order from Blick Art Supplies, I bought every untried (by me) paint color on the list!
This was an interesting exploration, since I don’t use a lot of saturated reds in my paintings. Thankfully, I didn’t experience spontaneous combustion or any other strange phenomenon during the process, so I may have to try it again sometime.
Artistsnetwork.com has published a new blog, expanding on advice from myself and another artist who was featured in their magazine, about how we made the transition to full-time artist. For those who have considered this possibility for yourself, maybe this article will be helpful. In any case, you may find the thought process interesting.
The photo above is my “Thinking Corner” in my art studio. A lot of truly deep thoughts happen there! I’ve been reorganizing my house (and with it, a little fresh decorating); and it was my art studio’s turn to get in on the action. Some chalk-painting was required…of existing furniture, frames, and so on. Consequently, I haven’t been painting…or posting…much in the last month in the way of “fine art.” But stay with me. Yesterday my husband took me on a drive in the country, and the lighting was just perfect for some amazing inspirational scenes, which I trust will soon turn into paintings.
Painting Shadows and Evoking Emotion is the name of the online article written about my painting, (above) for the Artists Network.
Following is an excerpt; please check out this link to read the rest of the article.
“By keeping the details down to a minimum, my strokes, displayed with emotion, raw energy, and borne out of my deep connection to the scene, can then have the ability to touch a different emotional chord in each viewer.”
My thanks to Jennifer Smith, Managing Editor, who was also the one to interview me for the full feature in the Fall 2016 issue of Acrylic Artist Magazine.