Sunday, June 23, 2013
Interpreting "Ritner Creek" over time
The last time I painted large scale streams on 3 foot by 5 foot or larger canvases was about ten years ago. I was discouraged by my market that dried up. Several attempts at winning commissions for public places failed, and the economy slumped.
At age 70 I must wait no longer to bite into another attempt. I want to share what I have learned. I find painting large meaningful. The extra effort is thrilling and challenging. Working large so my whole body flows like water. I paint the energy I feel as much as what I see.
I used to say that I danced when I painted. Rhythm was what I felt in nature. When I watched myself with brush in hand, I was amazed to see myself moving like I learned from a few ballet lessons when I was10 years old.
In other ways the videos are very humbling. I am having difficulty both talking and painting at the same time. I have terrible stage fright. These recordings are safe on a flash drive and waiting for me to learn how to edit a movie.
Tomorrow I will record the final steps in resolving this painting.