When I am between big projects I have a stash of small canvases that I can play with. I create small vignettes that I can later use as inspiration for a larger piece. I also sell these small paintings to people who want the opportunity to purchase an original piece of art at a small price point.
“Vista” above was one such piece. I was experimenting with a new color palette for sunsets. I washed the background in reds and purples and accented with turquoise. I than added a bit of cloud structure and a few stokes of blue lighten with titanium white to suggest twiggy brush. It was a quick sketch of a feeling.
Most of my work comes from the inspiration of my daily life, nothing from a photo per say but from a memory. A fleeting moment, a feeling, a spark of creative vision. I see the world in a different way. I will take this small piece and one day create a picture much larger with this same color pallette, something that will spark this memory. It’s part of my work process, a habitual ritual that keeps me painting even when I may not want to.
You see that sometimes I get tired of creating paintings, but as an artist it is what I must do so I must coax myself back into the studio when I go through these periods and paint small things to trigger bigger things. That’s what creates success. Always painting even when the inspiration is not there. Always bettering myself and honing my craft.
An artist’s life is not magic it is hard work… It’s seeing the way to greatness
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