Thursday, January 17, 2013

"Hidden Dreams"

($50.00......6" x 6"....Water Soluble Oils on Gessobord)

"Dreams are often hidden behind urgent things." The tyranny of the urgent can obliterate the best of dreams. God clears the path for dreams to be fulfilled...especially when those dreams were placed in our hearts by Him.

This photo reference really does visually describe something that is hidden. Before I began painting landscapes in oils, I thought it would be very difficult to come up with a quote everyday that would actually go with the painting. Nothing could have been further from the truth. In fact, I have been very surprised by the way that our created world mimics life in so many ways.

The division of space in this space is quite interesting and is one of the reasons I like choosing scenes where the focal point is more in the foreground than in the background. The trees provide the diagonals and unequal divisions of space that make a piece much more interesting than the standard horizon line.

Noticing what you gravitate to goes to the heart of why it is so important to create pieces on a consistent basis so that you can personally observe and analyze the particular point of view, techniques, and personal mark making that makes a piece identifiable as your piece. If you select small pieces to work on, you will get a lot more practice at making the many decisions that must be made in every piece of artwork.

After a period of time and many pieces under your belt, the process will become much more fluid and that is the point at which you will really begin to soar. Another key ingredient, though, is actually learning how to critique or analyze your own artwork and be able to verbally describe why something works or doesn't work. It's quite like being the student and the teacher simultaneously. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about.

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