This one is tiny, practically, only five by seven inches. The lady practically lept off the paint though. I will have to revisit her again. She was a fun visitor, and oil painting is a good medium for her.
I’ve been rereading some of W. B. Yeats’ poetry. Heres a piece that seems particularly fitting and appealing right now; just make sure you come back afterward. The world needs you awake and present.
“Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.”
This one was hard. I was trying for something else that just wasnt working. I swiped my palette knife across the canvas with the intent of starting over. But, I liked it, and it stayed. At what point is art, art?
This one makes me smile. It captures a single moment, and feels almost mythical. This one is done in oils and with a color new to me: Alizarin crimson. You will definitely see more in this color from me.
So you may remember the first City at Night on here. I liked that one, but I haz skillz now so I thought I would like to come back to the concept. For reference, here is the first one, done in March of this year;
And here is the one I just did, in oils this time.
The second one is called Stars on Earth. I still like the first, but I’m pleased to be progressing.
I love love love how oils blend together. The colors are so beautiful, and it is possible to make the shading very subtle.
I am concernced about how much more toxic the process is compares to watercolors and acrylics, so I’m researching how to make that safer. Once i figure out a system, I’ll share it. Maybe you’ll find it useful as well. Stay posted for that.
I’ve been working my way through John Muir Laws’ The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling, and it is an excellent book. He puts a strong emphasis on learning how to observe while teaching the underlying ideas of how to put a nature journal together. I loved so many of his ideas. The downside? benefit? of this book is that it is too large to take to the field. On one hand, that’s very good because it forces me to focus on what is actually there. On the other? Sometimes I’d like to just take the book with me and doodle on site from the book. It particularly touches my heart because he has written extensively about the Sierra Nevada wilderness, which is where I’m from. It makes me just a touch homesick. You can find his blog here. I would definitely recommend you’d buy this book in physical form. A tablet or kindle would have difficulty with the layout, and you’d lose the full effect.
First halfway successful waves painting. Watercolor, 11 x 15″ paper. Inspiration from Laws’ Book.
I have this idea in my head of the ocean as an opportunity for a second chance. As though the salt water cleanses and purifies our souls. The ocean leaves the mind ready to go back into the fray of life. I don’t know why this young man needs this cleansing, or maybe he is just enjoying the crisp air and swirling water. Whatever he is looking for, I hope he finds it.