Posts tagged ‘drawing’
The tight squeeze between Dent Island and Little Dent Island form these narrows that make up part of Canoe Pass Rapids. At peak tides the water flows through like a river. This view’s emphasis is on the quality of light breaking through the clouds. But even at slack tide the water still flows forming great reflecting patterns. Six hours by slow boat from Campbell River, B.C., this area is remote and spectacular!
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 Vanouver 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……