I have been contemplating doing this now for a while where i challenge myself to a walk a 30 days of art process where i publish something NEW i have created that day
to my social media. Initially i thought this would be a great way to share more of my art, art process, and Myself, as well as pushing myself to create new art each day. This is a quick sketch i did of my partner as we were in a cafe enjoying an afternoon coffee. For Christmas this year I asked for a small sketchbook that I could carry around in my pocket, so here is the first time I cracked it open!
Today i worked on my orca painting. I had painted in some water ripples the previous day but wanted to restructure the flow of the ripples at the top of the painting. I had painted in 4 ripples initially but thought 3 would be better to slow the feel of the painting down a bit. So worked on that today.
For todays Art Share, i pulled a tarot card as a jumping off point and pulled the word “Conditioning” which showed a Lion surrounded by and covered in sheep. From there i observed how sometimes “conditioning” for me is like being covered and surrounded within and without by strings of memories, thoughts, pictures, emotions where you kind of have to start with one of those strings and begin untangling all the threads by just taking one point and walking it into understanding.
Here i show some raw video of me applying a wash layer of green to the foreground of my painting. I would eventually take this further into the piece to create the affect that the Orca is submerged into his environment. As i get to know acrylics more i have naturally gravitated to using washes as a method to build the painting. Something that i never really did with oils.
When I go out to paint, I will at times have specific things that I am going to work on. With this painting, the word that was prominent within me as I headed out to paint was the word “Portrait”. I wanted to create a portrait of a mountain. for me, I didn’t want to just go out and paint some general mountain scene. The more I have been going out to paint here in Whistler BC, the more I have noticed an inclination within me to document specific areas or scenes around the area. Actually this inclination, if I trace it back, came from a visit to the new museum that was build here in Whistler called the Audain Art Museum , particularly the EJ Hughes gallery. I was inspired by Hughes’ attention to detail and specificity in capturing all the details so quintessential to the area that he was painting. Since then, I have been practicing this into my own work. So when I went out to create this particular work, my aim was to paint a portrait, something specific, something unique, not just some general mountain. Now I wasn’t exactly sure how I would do this, but it is what I aimed to do. As a result, I noticed I payed closer attention to the peaks on the mountain as well as the way the ski runs gave this mountain its unique characteristics. The above painting is a depiction of Whistler Mountain as seen from the north end of whistler.
I have just returned from 2 days of landscape painting.
I have decided to keep this practice going as I find it to be beneficial on many levels.
One of the primary beneficial aspects of this is it support in the development of my “formal understanding” so to speak of painting.
when I am at home working on other more ‘conceptual work in my studio I have what I learned while landscape painting in terms of the “rules” of painting, color theory, etc coming in and ‘grounding’ what I am doing in the studio. So in a way Landscape painting becomes a form of a base to my Artwork.
Obviously there is more to it than that but that is one benefit I have found that comes through within doing “on site” or “en plein air” Landscape Paintings.
So this weekend I went out to a farm that is waaaaayyyyy out in the country…they don’t even have cell reception! My plan was to “Paint Snow!”
I have never really taken on this Challenge of painting snow and actually have found I have more of an “Anxiety” in relation to doing this. I have found that previously my snow paintings never seemed to work out…I would find the actual painting of the Snow part quite tough.
So as I am getting some New Paintings going the point is simply HERE to take on this point. Normally in the past I have waited until the summer/spring to do my landscape painting and would just skip the winter so atm I have decided to rather take this point on and get outside (warm clothes included) and do some en plein air painting.