Plein Air and Studio Painting Project
I am excited to announce I have been approved for an arts grant for which I will be painting 20 paintings from life and 20 studio paintings within the next year.
I would like to thank the Castlegar Arts Council, Columbia Basin Trust, The Kootenay Gallery and the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance for this opportunity.
I started a little sketch today and it wasn't as stressful as I expected. This experience will help me to explore values, true colors as I see them and sharpen my technique. I think I'm already broadening my skills.
This is a little painting I did of some friends who stopped by this past summer. I loved the drama of the falls and how the kids were shining in the sun. This is hard to get in a very deep canyon which is dark most of the time. We must have got there at the right time of day in the right month.
The kids asked me that day if I would ever paint them, so thanks to them for putting up with me taking so many photos. Beautiful summer memories documented in another painting.
I was very privileged to have met Mr. Rhoads at the Oil Painters of America National Convention in Fredericksburg, Texas this past Spring 2013. We had a laugh at our names being so similar.
He gave a great talk about branding, marketing art in this economic climate and emotional purchasing. Get good at one thing, repetition is the most powerful tool in marketing.
Last year I was really excited to be able to see a lovely painting by the amazing Joaquin Sirolla at the Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane Washington.
Joaquin Sorolla (27 February 1863 – 10 August 1923) was a Spanish painter, born in Valencia, who painted beautiful portaits, landcapes and monumental works of social and historical themes.
I was amazed to see his loose brushstrokes and use of wet on wet paint. There was an underpainting wash with loose strokes of intense color on top. I aspire to be able to lay my strokes of paint on to my canvas with such purpose.
I am a representational artist residing in Southern B.C, Canada. I enjoy educating and exposing people to great art and great art ideas. Thanks for reading and tell a friend about me!