Well, I’ve decided I better come up with a “body of work”. I finally feel like my work is up to gallery standards, but so far I’ve been all over the map when it comes to style and subject matter. An important part of becoming professional is to develop a style, and a body of work to show to potential collectors and galleries, and so far I don’t have enough pieces that are related.
Last summer I was in Barkerville, this incredible old historical town near where I grew up that has been re-built to look like it originally was. My sister and I took a gazillion photos, and a few really nice people on Flickr gave me permission to use some of theirs for reference as well. It has great actors in period costumes that remain in character throughout the day. I want to pay tribute to this remarkable place, and the remarkable people who keep it going, by doing a series of paintings showing the people and the place. Sooooooo…….this will be my first “body of work”.
The King George Hotel is a great old building in Barkerville where you can actually spend the night in the historical townsite. This is the cat, Frank, who lives there.
Oh yeah…I almost forgot. We’re down to our last few days in Maui, and I have to pack up really soon. I won’t be able to post for a while, as it’s too late to start the new painting because the paint won’t be dry to pack it, and I’ll be en-route. I’ll be back in a week or two, as long as we still have some semblance of internet service when I get back to Bella Coola…sob…snow, rain, clouds, YUK!!
Well, I just finished writing this whole post a few minutes ago, and somehow deleted it! Now I have to start again…DAMN! Sometimes I hate computers!
Anyways, I want to thank the wonderful girls who left me some great feedback. I took your advice and now I have a painting that I’m pretty happy with!
I lengthened the mane and tail, and made them fly out, adding to the sense of movement. I definitely feel like this makes it far less static. I spaced out the back legs slightly, defined them, and added a longer shadow. This, along with the longer tail, balances the painting out and makes the horse more grounded. I took away most of the dust behind the horse, and added some color to the dust in front. I defined some of the background shadows, and values, and evened out the color in the mountains.
All in all, I feel pretty happy with it now. Of course, there’s still things I don’t really like, but don’t know how to change, or if they need it. Artists are their own worst critics! But, if anyone sees something that still might need help, let me know. I, unlike most, love constructive criticism!
So here it is, the sketch I promised…I’m not getting near as much painting done as I had hoped. I’m going to have to get more disciplined, I guess. There’s just so much other fun stuff to do and sights to see in Hawaii. I’m taking lots of pictures for future paintings, and visiting as many art galleries as time will allow.
This has all thrown the kids for a total loop. My once almost weaned daughter is now up every two hours a night to nurse. If I don’t nurse her, she won’t sleep sound, so that every time I so much as sigh, she wakes up screaming, demanding “Sa Sa”, (the Nuxalk word for nurse). So I’m back to total, ridiculous exhaustion. I even checked out the SuperNanny site last night to see if she had any words of wisdom that I hadn’t already exhausted. Not so. Nothing works. So I give in.
My usually sweet-natured son has become a whining, demanding troll. He complains all day, and makes his sister mad or hurts her on purpose. We’re in Paradise, but the kids just know that their world has been turned upside down.
Well, if I could get them back on schedule somehow, things might start to settle a bit.
For now, I’m keeping my fingers crossed, and just hoping for time to paint.
I got the underpainting done today, and it’s a big one-18″ x 24″. It’s going to be fun. I’ll keep you posted.
Ciao for now.
I found the reference photo for this painting at ArtWanted.com. It’s by a photographer named Micheal Manning, and I would like to thank him profusely for allowing me to use his image as inspiration. I saw it and it made me laugh. It reminded me of doing yoga, these silly geese stretching their necks way out to the light. Anyways, it will be posted on ebay for sale by the end of this week, along with a few more new ones, and some old ones that I’m going to re-list.