Art affects us; at least, that is usually the reason for creating it. I paint because it's fun to try to capture the experience of a place or moment that made me feel happy or peaceful or inspired; something that connects to the goodness of life. I don't think I am one of those artists that will ever paint dark, scary abstracts!
So how can an artist communicate mood in a painting? Several ways, as a matter of fact. Here's a bullet list for those of you who do Bullet Journaling:
What? These topics sound familiar? Yes, I've been blogging about them all along and in the next few entries I want to show how these work to not only make for a successful painting, but also to make the viewer feel what the artist is feeling. Can I just say right now that this is why original art matters...it comes from the heart and hand of a living, breathing human, whether it's a painting, jewelry, literature, music... It matters that we support those who create with our interest and attention.
Today I offer some examples of my work that I hope evoke emotion in you. See if you can figure out what mood I was after in each of these paintings:
P.S. Some of these are still available :). Thank you for reading my blog!!
If you are at all like me, you spend not a few minutes trying to work out what the heck (WTH) the acronyms appearing on your FB/Instagram/Snapchat feeds mean. Yes, I do occasionally ask Google for translation. Here is a handy and, apparently, comprehensive guide for you: Netlingo I'm pretty sure I will never use or see 90% of this list.
But in today's blog I am using a very popular acronym amongst artists...popular because, if we are fortunate enough to have continual inspiration, there is always one or more of these going at any given time. I am talking about Works in Progress. (I know, I know; WIP could have meant "west in peace" but. no.)
So I currently have 4 active works rotating easels and getting my attention through the week. And there are a few additional paintings doing what I like to call "percolating", which, for me, means that I know they are not finished but I haven't quite worked out what they need next. This happened recently with a couple of figurative paintings I did at a Chestnut Group workshop with Marci Hicks and Hayden Pickel last fall. I was happy enough with the value studies I had done plein air and left the background rough and unfinished. But, about a month ago, I figured out what I wanted to do to complete the paintings and am really happy with the results.
So, in a way, these were WIP since last September even though they weren't worked on until this Spring. Here is a sneak peak of the four WIP rotating on my easels right now:
TAFN! THX FTBOMH! YTB!!
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...