I love the change of seasons. Yes, I really do! It's always color that draws me to my subjects, but color can often complicate things. That's why I always start by simplifying them. Just as each season has its own color scheme in every part of the country, your painting will have its own color scheme too. The painting to the left is my latest floral. I love the colors and it truly looks good in my kitchen area of my country home. I paint for pleasure. Isn't that the way it should be?
When you decide to paint a floral, landscape, or something else, how do you decide what colors to use? What layout or perspective are you trying to create in your painting ? Just like we have a change of seasons, there are many ways to set up your painting. First, I may take days, even weeks, thinking and mediatating on the particuliar painting that I want to create. I may see a barn in a pasture with hay stacked all around that barn and a horse eating his weight in hay. I like what I see, but many times I have to rearrange what I am viewing. I change the arrangement of the painting to bring balance in what I am wanting to create. I believe a painting should tell a story with its color, hue, layout, and perspective so that it will bring pleasure to the eye of the beholder. I like lots of value and contrast within each painting. The ability to see relationships in color, temperature and value is critical. The next step I approach is to refine the image by comparing one area to another within that painting. It may be just what I need to give my art greater energy and clarity. I like to think that most of my paintings are based on direct visual perception and emotion. I try not to reason while painting, but let the creative emotions flow. I take a break from the painting, step back and walk around the studio checking the painting from different viewpoints. This helps me to see hopefully what others may see. Let's keep painting!
Author & Artist
From the time as a small girl, I have always admired artwork. My passion is to live for my Lord Jesus Christ, to glorify Him in all that I do. Whether in ministry, the writing and publishing industry, or in the arts, I live to please Him.