Landscape drawing and painting is a whole other territory, no pun intended. It is one area where I’ve only started to scratch the surface of what there is to know and put into practice. There I was, on the McCloud River one sunny day. The elephant ear plants, the rocks crowding the scene, the greenish color of the water–how on earth does an artist begin to capture this?
In a sense, making art is all about impression. What is the feeling I get when I see this sight in nature? How do I want to show a river, contained yet in motion? So I play…with form, light, shadow, image, movement, whimsy. And while it looks nothing like the original setting, it has an energy about it that I appreciate.
I framed this painting and it sat in a gift shop for at least one year. Then, they gave it back to me as it hadn’t sold. I stashed it…until a couple of months ago.
But WAIT! It wasn’t done!
It went from this…to this. I named her River Goddess. When I put this piece in a members only art exhibit at a local gallery, it sold within one week! I knew that she would sell. A man, a lawyer, who’d never visited the gallery before purchased the painting. He was on a tour of the gallery with his rotary club.
Any artist’s journey with a painting is a distinct experience. It is a tender relationship. Something unique is brought forth through you. It’s an honor to share in the creative process. I really do believe that it’s accessible to everyone.
What are your thoughts…how do you invoke your creativity?