Sunday, December 20, 2009

Painting Commissions

I have a like/dislike relationship with accepting commission assignments for "home portraits".

I dislike: ....that I impose the stress of a deadline on myself.

I like: ....and am flattered to be the artist selected to capture their "special place" suspend time and provide a lasting remembrance for generations.

I dislike: ....the mental anguish and composition decisions I go through during the drawing and design phase. I'm reluctant to,(and usually don't), accurately depict the subject "exactly" as it is. I begin a list of mental complaints: I have very little to work with; it's a bad photograph; subject hasn't any character; the season is wrong; trees are growing in odd places. This dialog with myself can go on for several days.

I like: ....when I discontinue my "negative dialog" with myself and start to make a "connection". About half-way into the drawing and design phase, I begin to develop a "feel". When this happens, my composition and color decisions become easier; I'm working as if it's my own "special place".

I dislike: .... when I have to make decisions about certain elements in the final composition. Although I've been given full creative license, I want to honor all the important elements that may be important to my client.

I like: .... when I begin painting; it all comes together; composition, color, values, and the most important element of all....a sense of place.

I LOVE: .... that moment when I lay my brush down and consider my day's work as "well done".
I LOVE: .... the moment when I deliver the painting and see the joy on my client's face.
I LOVE: .... being an artist. painting. for others, for myself. It's what I do. It's who I am.

Fortunately, there's many more "likes" than "dislikes". Or I'd be doing something else with my life.

I completed this commission yesterday. I'll contact my client tomorrow and make arrangements for delivery. I think they'll be pleased.

"Brumley Boulevard" 9" x 12" Watercolor

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Facebook Blog Feed

I've spent the last 30 minutes configuring my Facebook page to import posts from this blog. This post is basicly a test to see if I've accomplished that feat! We'll see.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Merit Award for "Little Devil River"

The year-long paint out "Plein Air Southwest", sponsored by Outdoor Painters Society, culminated last weekend with an exhibition consisting of about 150 paintings submitted by more than 40 artists. The show opened with an artists awards reception on Friday night. My Painting, Little Devil River, was recognized with a merit award by juror, Gaye Faulkenberry, President of Plein Air Painters of America. This is one of 4 paintings I have in the show at Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Texas. The show will continue until January 2010.

"LITTLE DEVIL RIVER" - 11" x 14" - Watercolor.