I have had people ask me, what draws you to a subject? Why do you paint what you do? What inspires you?
As an introvert, I think on these questions often, and sometimes the answer changes. Sometimes it is a vision I’ve seen in my mind that needs to be expressed. Sometimes an image in real life when I’m shaking my head and saying, “No one would ever believe this is real if I painted it…”
Most often though, what I paint is an expression of the ephemeral qualities of life, a moment in time. The drawing above is a prime example. I sat on this photograph for years. I knew I wanted to draw him, and I also knew that I didn’t have the skills at that point in time. So what I did, is to draw my way through 4 drawing books, 3 by Andrew Loomis and another fellow (I’ll have to look it up since it isn’t coming to me at the moment) until I felt comfortable approaching this image.
To me, this photograph of a man was a window into his soul. I didn’t want to do the drawing until I knew I could do it justice, and express what I saw there. The most amazing thing to me about this whole thing is that I thought I could do it!
I often run across this issue, and I understand it so much better now that I am in my 50s. What do I want? Youth, happiness, time to paint, and various art supplies. Other than that, most of the things I want are things I can only give myself. What do I do for others who are in the same boat?
For Scott, I personalized a notebook. He is a huge fan of The Time Machine, a movie made in 1960, so I painted it on the cover. This was the first time I had used acrylics in a long time…
For Lili, I painted a bookmark on some leftover canvas that I had, and she used it for years. Regretfully, I don’t have a picture.
My sister is 5 years older than I am. She bore the brunt of my machinations through middle school. She bought a LOT of my clothes once she started working. She has always been there for me when I needed her. She more than anyone else has inherited little bits of me through the years. When I went through a stained-glass stage, I gave her a box. When I did pottery, she received a bowl. When I began painting, she received one of my first.
It is one of my first paintings so it was just on a piece of canvas. I didn’t think I was good enough to use a stretched canvas. Its still one of my favorites, as is she.
This year, I wanted to paint something new for a Christmas card, and this was the result. Oil on canvas, 16 x 20, and already sold! I will have prints available soon, and the Christmas card packs are popular at the farm stand. This painting was spoken for before even before I varnished it. I wanted to experiment with “mood” painting, and it turned out well!
I am just back from a 2-day painting workshop with Ed Kayton. Ed has been painting for 28 years now, and for many of those years he worked in the advertising field. He is mainly self-taught at this point although he studied art in college. Apparently at that point in time, they didn’t teach what he wanted to learn which is realism. So, he studied, and still studies the old masters to understand how they painted the incredible pieces of art that they did, and incorporates that knowledge into his own painting. Now, he takes some of his time to pass on what he has learned about art, and about painting. So, if you are in the neighborhood and are serious about painting, this is the opportunity of a career.
I am focused on becoming the best painter I can possibly be. I came to painting later, having started just over 4 years ago and I have a lot of catching up to do. I don’t kick myself about that any longer. I began painting when I was ready to do so, apparently I had some lessons to learn first. It’s called life. I’m painting now, (oh boy am I painting!) and the perfect teacher presented himself at the right time. What I can tell you is that I don’t take it for granted. Not one little bit. Painting is what I love, and I’m here to stay!
I never realized it until now. I love painting people. I did a self-portrait a couple of years ago and really enjoyed the experience. You look at your self critically: emotionally, physically, and finally, as a subject for a painting without the baggage. Painting myself, I finally understood why some artists paint themselves over and over again. Rembrandt painted between 50 and 60 self-portraits through out his life.
It wasn’t until I did my hula dancer last month that I remembered how much I enjoy painting people, so, I decided to do a series of hula dancers. I figure that once I finish 6 of these paintings, I’ll be able to paint anything!
I was chosen to be the featured artist for September at the KVA Gallery. Here are some pictures from the gallery, and, a link to the newspaper article. I have twice as many paintings as usual in this exhibit.
The holiday weekend is coming up and I plan on spending it at the Punalu’u Bakery painting. Here is a picture from when I first started there a couple of months ago.
My set-up has changed considerably since I started painting here. I will take a picture of what I do now for comparison! Please check out the link to the bakery. This is a lovely place. Good food, good treats, great gift shop, and a fabulous botanical garden as well. I am so lucky! One of my customers sent the second picture to me today and I had to add it to the post. Thank you so much Peter!