Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
I started painting again this past week. My recent trip to Ireland inspired me to pull out my paints and set-up my studio again. I have this intense desire to paint again and with Andei off to college I have a little more time to pursue it. Sure I love photography, however the painting is a very different form of creative expression for me. I have to get myself into the ZONE and truly concentrate for a few hours at a time. I must admit I’m a little intimidated by painting and it always takes me awhile to feel comfortable with a brush in my hand.
I’m experimenting with a new procedure. First I find the photograph I want to use as a reference (see above) for my painting. Right now I’m doing a Ireland series from my latest photographs taken while traveling around the Emerald Isle. First I transform the photograph (abstract it) in Photoshop (see below) by adding an artistic filter to it in this case the smudge filter. Then I use that image as a reference for the painting.
I’m working small right now until I can get my personal style and technique down. I plan to do 10 small paintings before going larger. I like applying thick layers of paint in the expressive style of Van Gogh and Pollock. Essentially the photograph is a “point of departure” for the finished painting. We will see where this all leads. Below is version #1 and then what may be the finished product. May still fine tune it a bit. Constructive feedback welcome!
Ok…I had to go back and work on it some more today. Here is the final version. Now onto the next one!