Posts tagged ‘canadian art’
As this year draws to a close, I’ve realized I haven’t posted anything for months.
Summer’s end found me wrapping up four shows in three years and I was suffering from some pretty serious painting burn out. So the fall’s been a unplanned for but rather pleasant (and NEEDED!!) break.
I haven’t been completely idle though; I’ve dealt with a bit of the business side of things and even have some new work on the go.
Not being finished yet, here’s a detail of one of the new pieces. The church is in Friendly Cove, which is a native settlement in Nootka Sound that goes back many generations. Emily Carr painted it back in the late 1920’s (different church back then I’m sure).
Hope everyone has a great holiday!
This is my latest painting – an acrylic on board called “Coast Range”. The massive Coastal Mountains range provide the backdrop for this view is of Howe Sound from just above Gibsons. Behind Keats Island, tucked in between the trees of Gospel Rock in the foreground and the hulking range in the background, runs the Sea to Sky Highway that runs from Vancouver to Whistler.
I have ambivalent feelings when finishing a painting. In some ways I’m glad to see the back of it, but a lot of my energy blood sweat & tears have gone into it and it’s a part of me. Most often, I never see them again and that makes me just a tiny bit sad. I suppose the consolation is knowing the piece is going to a place where it will be appreciated…maybe even loved.
I don’t know if this happens to other artists, but I (almost) always experience an unpleasant let down in the middle of a painting. Particularly on a piece as big as this one that can take weeks to finish. I’ve come to refer to this awful time as the mid painting doldrums; days of work go by and there seems to be little if any progress (which is why I haven’t posted lately). It’s at this time I also begin to question whether this is such a great idea for a painting after all. Experience has taught me this is just a product of working on the same thing for a long time: it’s easy to lose your perspective and second guess yourself. Experience has also taught me to hang in there and remain true to your vision, things WILL get better. Just around the corner the painting starts to come together and starts looking really sharp, just the way I pictured it in my head. I can hardly wait……