"There is no difficulty in painting detail, the real difficulty
lies in getting the general truth of tone and tint."
- John Collier
These are a few paintings from this week. I returned to the same spot three days in a row and painted three different compositions. I was trying to focus more on color, and found plenty of it in the sage and sumac of the local hills. The paintings are 10x14 and 10x12 oil on panel.
"A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened." -Albert Camus It's been absolutely beautiful this week, and being outside painting in the evenings has been great. I also had the chance on Saturday to visit the studio of local landscape painter Eric Merrell, who was very gracious in sharing his time and the insights he's gained as an artist. You can see his work on his website ericmerrell.com.
"If one really loves nature, one can find beauty everywhere." - Vincent van Gogh
Here are a couple paintings from the last week or so. I've been spending some time painting along the river just below Los Feliz. Such a cool area, with lots of stuff to paint.
"If you hear a voice within you saying, "You are not a painter," then by all means paint... and that voice will be silenced, but only by working." - Vincent van Gogh Here are a couple of paintings from this week. Its been pretty breezy lately which has made conditions beautifully clear. Driving home each day I've been really drawn to the foothills looming over Pasadena and tried out numerous new locations in hopes of painting them, but I couldn't get anything to compose right. The clear air got me looking for longer views but that never really panned out either, and working in the wind proved to be quite challenging at times. A few strong gusts almost had me fishing my tripod out of the L.A. River. Anyway, painting is difficult and sometimes you wrestle with doubts about what your doing, but I guess you just have to keep going. These are both 8x10 oil on panel.
"Rembrandt and Shakespeare, Bohr and Gauguin, possessed powerful hearts, not powerful wills. They loved the range of materials they used. The work's possibilities excited them; the field's complexities fired their imaginations. The caring suggested the tasks; the tasks suggested the schedules. They learned their fields and then loved them. They worked, respectfully, out of their love and knowledge, and they produced complex bodies of work that endure."
-Annie Dillard, "Write Till You Drop"
These are a couple of paintings I did this week. Work has been pretty busy lately, so spending some time after work painting by the water has been really nice. I actually did a couple more of this bridge and overpass, but they didn't quite come out. These are both 8x10 oil on panel.
“We do not want merely to see beauty... we want something else which can hardly be put into words- to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it. That is why we have peopled air and earth and water with gods and goddesses, and nymphs and elves.”