Hi, Here are a few of my paintings and poems. I have been thinking about doing a website for a couple of years now, but kept putting it off because I thought it would be a bit too difficult to do. I decided to go ahead and do my best anyway. I will add more images as time goes on. At the moment I'm doing a painting of a burned out grain silo, from a photograph I took of one, just down the road from me. I take photos of the painting every day, so I can catalog the process. This is step one:
and step two:
It takes at least 3 or more layers of paint for it to look good. Sometimes I do a lot more, because I change my mind part way through.
The text reads: "but love will fade away, away, it that's all dreaming does". I experimented with doing some of it in Lettraset, which is tricky to apply to the uneven surface of a painted canvas. (Not shown in this photo). The larger text I print from the computer and trace onto the surface, then hand paint it. It's slow, but I like it. The next photo will show the grey wall behind the text altered to go around the word "if" better. Sometimes I can do a painting in 3 days, sometimes it takes 3 weeks. I have one painting of a peach, which you would think would be a relatively simple painting, but I've done multiple layers, and I still don't like it.
I'm interested in the process of making art as well as the finished project. I watch every program on TV I can about the artistic process. There's a good one on now, on PBS, called Craft in America. I am always inspired by seeing work that's better than I can do. I watched a show on an American photographer named Vivian Maier, which I liked. Talk about obsession. Last night there was one about a Toronto photographer named Barbara Cole. She does fantastic photographs of people underwater. Truly amazing.
Right, I'm off to make another chair cushion for the dining room. I have to change the fabric since I painted the room blue. I did one yesterday, and that was enough sewing for me for one day. 5 more to go. Stay tuned for more images of the burned silo. Thanks for listening.
Layer 2, turning up the volume a little.
The left side, not finished, but it's a start. Up 'til 3 a.m. Wrote 'til 4, finally went to bed.
Added a small flame and some smoke to the top of the silo.
The walls, and the added flame. Still not finished, but it's slowly morphing into something I like.
Did some more work on the sky, not finished yet. I don't like the white wave thing at the bottom left. It's getting there though.
O.k. Maybe this is it. I bridged the two rock walls at the bottom and added a few small details. I'll have to sit and look at it for a while to spot any areas that don't look right.