Saturday, September 07, 2013
and the winner is....
The winner of the voting for the best painting
to exhibit in the "CORRALES PLEIN AIR 2013" exhibition is
"OUT TO PASTURE"
oil on hardboard framed
Thanks to everyone who voted!!
Sometimes, as an artist, I am so close to the work that
it's really hard to make a choice, especially when choosing
which painting to put in an exhibition.
On one painting I might like the final product,
on another I may really like the way I laid down
a particular color - or just the way two colors look next to each other.
Painting is Corrales for almost a week was a lot of fun.
There are a lot of painters that like to paint in groups.
Talking, chatting, sharing ideas and critiques.
I am not one of those.
Dee definitely needs her space (I like to speak of myself in the third person).
I tend to be a loner and need focus and concentration.
This week, I wanted to pare down my gear to the bare essentials.
This is what I took with me:
a carry all that hold everything
my small pochade box (Judson Outfitters)
a box of Kleenix
a container of Wipees
a plastic trash bag
a small jar of turp
grey palette paper cut to fit the box
paint laid out on the palette (no extra paint)
I took a chair but never used it, because...
I painted in my car!
Painting in your car is almost as hard as NOT painting in your car.
I had to drive around, pick out a scene that I could see really well -
nothing too far away or too linear.
I moved the seat back, propped the box in front of me,
loosely sketched and blocked in the subject,
and painted as quickly as possible.
Sometimes I would look up and two hours had passed without me realizing the time.
That is the beauty of plein air.
Mixing colors is also much different on location than in the studio.
And I had to deal with bugs and flies,
people walking up and asking if me if I needed help,
having cars go around me and drivers giving me strange looks.
But I got to explore a lot of Corrales I hadn't seen.
As a artist, I drive around and look for scenes or experiences
that I can turn into paintings.
Like the man clearing weeds by the church -
I took a quick photo of him and will make him the subject
in a future painting of people harvesting fields of green chile.
Or I may just turn this scene into a painting.
It's kind of a drag to go anywhere with me - I am always
using my mental "viewfinder" - what would make a good painting?
How can I change this scene around to make a better composition?
I tend not to enjoy outings so much, because I am always looking....
Artist's eyes get tired.
Trust me, it's hard living with an artist.
Heck, it's hard BEING an artist.
But I am one.
And I'm never going to change.
Oh, and there are perks.
Tonight I am going to a gala event in Corrales and I am just going to relax
and enjoy the experience, the people, and the food.
Oh wait, where's my camera?
See, here I go again.....