Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Painting is a Process

The dictionary defines process: “as a natural phenomenon marked by gradual changes that lead toward a particular result or end; the result of growth.” Sounds a lot like Life, doesn’t it?

My “in-progress” painting is also a process. First the pencil sketch on canvas, and then the acrylic drawing I showed you last week.

Today, I’m sharing the first applications of oil paint that further define the figures and the action. When my painting is finished, I want the center of interest (the girl holding the basketball) to literally “pop” off the page. I want her emotions, her thrust, her drive, her hopes captured for a nana-second in the mind of the viewer.

Before the painting is finished, I will have brushed on several layers of oil paint to refine the details and produce the needed “glow” that defines my style. This painting is the third painting in my “With These Hands” series. The title “Hope” says it all. The other paintings in the series are called “Wonder” and “Love,” and can be viewed at my online gallery:

In the next series, my focus will be on older adults using their hands to comfort, work, and teach. Your ideas and suggestions are always welcome. If you would like to see another contest on this blog, please let me know. Suggestions for contests or your commentary are encouraged and welcomed.

Saturday, I studied with Wm. Parker Harlowe a prominent local artist. Yesterday, I helped a fellow artist hang her paintings in a show at the Gateway Golf and Country Club that is featuring artists in the Gateway area. I displayed at this club in April and May.

As I told you in my last blog, I’m going to focus on drawing for the next two months. I will share my drawings, my progress and my stories over the next few weeks.