Friday, December 12, 2008

Holiday Glow

Holiday Glow
7” x 5” (17.8cm x 12.7cm) acrylic on hand primed board unframed $125 with free shipping in USA and Canada.
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There is always a special feeling that one grows up with during the holidays, so this image is one that evokes those sentiments for many. Whatever ones background, the holidays can bring a warm glow.

Someone recently asked: Do you paint on site, from photography or from your minds eye? My response is as follows:

I do all of the above. I like to paint on site when possible, but obviously some paintings can't be done on site or plein air as some like to call it. In this case I'll work from still life set up or photos, but only photo's that I've taken so I know the space and light. The mistake of the amateur or beginner is they don't always understand the space and light when working from a photo so the painting looks like a copy of a photo. It's pretty easy to spot these.

I've painted long enough so I can usually create an idea from my minds eye, but I'll usually want some supporting information or material for reference and clarity. Actually, now, it is possible to create an image out of fragments and I've sometimes even put fragments of my photos together and composed them in PhotoShop before I paint, but that can be dangerous because one has to be careful to fully understand light source and ambient light color. I'm well aware of both so I don't think I will make that mistake. I hope this helps to give you an idea how I think about starting a painting.

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