Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Impressionist Techniques

My mother, Mary, was an incredible cook -- she made everything from scratch -- even her pie crusts  (I am not sure if I have ever made a pie crust)!   Desserts were her specialty, and usually on holidays we had at least three different pies to choose from.   She didn’t measure, instead she used her knowledge of cooking and then she felt the recipes!
In painting, once you know the basic techniques, then you can experiment with your own style and paint with your feelings.  The paintings that truly sing the best songs are the ones where the artist has put their feelings into them.  You know those paintings, they look easy -- as you can see the brush strokes and the movement on the canvas -- when you are confident in what you do, it shows!
It is important to study art, or cooking or golf in order to learn the basics and taking lessons from artists is a great way to grow!  Study the masters -- the painters that opened the doors for the world.  I started painting learning to paint the same way that Rembrant painted -- basics -- and then I studied the impressionists and experimented with the colors.    I have read hundreds of books, visited every museum many times and I am still learning and still growing as an artist!  
When you stop learning, you stop growing -- open the door to new ideas and new techniques and be willing to grow!
"Sunshine" 6 x 8 Oil on Raymar Board

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