A few days ago a good friend asked me if painting was relaxing for me. I was pretty much stumped by the question. I mean, yes? but...no? It used to be, when I didn't know what I was doing and everything made me perfectly happy. The deeper I get into the truth of oil painting, the firmer I am with myself during the process. My cognitive brain cogs are whirling as I start a painting: get the composition right, accurate drawing please, why did I choose this scene in the first place?, start with the shadow family first....all the things I learn again and again from the studies and workshops. All the things that are helping me to turn out better and better paintings I hope.
So I am off to another workshop tomorrow...3 days with Marc Hanson (and 20 or so other artist-students) in Franklin and south Nashville. I aim to post a couple of blogs about what he taught us, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, here's a couple photos I picked off the internet to give y'all an idea of what I'm in for! Rest assured, I will be working not relaxing...or maybe work-laxing.
It's always awesome to get special recognition! This was a painting I did from a photo taken in my "other home" in Washington State. That old barn had seen better days, for sure. I loved the way it was snuggled up against the wooded hillside, with the little creek leading the eye right to it. The painting sold at the Knoxville show a couple of years ago, along with another farm painting in a nearby area. I guess I better do some more Washington farm paintings when I'm there in June!
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Hello! My name is Wendy and I am passionate about oil painting! Whether in the studio or out in Mother Nature, I get lost in the experience of capturing on canvas the moment and the feel of what I am painting. I pour my love and energy into every single piece of artwork and I hope it shows! This blog is a place where I can use words to talk about art, painting, life, faith, things that make me laugh, and things that inspire. I love every response, so don't be shy about leaving a comment...