This is the post I wrote a couple of days ago and then hesitated - decided not to post. Now I'm posting as part of the group. The first step - acknowledging my creative self
i'm a painter and i have a unique style of my own
A few months ago I was invited to participate in a community auction/fund raiser. I felt honored to be a part of this 20th Anniversary Gala event. When I was asked to paint a small painting (all artist had to paint on the provided 5" x 7" canvas) I thought, "well that won't take much time" so I put it off until the last minute. (I have a bad habit of procrastinating).
To me one of the hardest parts about the painting is coming up with the idea and setting up a still life that will make an interesting painting. A pretty photograph doesn't always make a great painting wouldn't you agree? I knew I had to keep this painting pretty simple so I decided I would just do paint a still life and use the lemons and cranberries that I had on hand. So I set up a still life and took pictures - I took lots of pictures and rearranged items to see what worked best.
I tried variations on this
But I ended up with this (taken of the painting before completion).
I'm told my paintings have a sort of trademark style - odd perspective of sorts. When I first showed the painting to my brother he said, "yep, classic L style". Even my college professor told me I had a unique style - at the time I didn't know if that was a good or bad thing. I guess I really do tend to paint at an odd perspective, many times from above, and that's ok. Here is the painting I submitted a couple of years ago for our community auction. See what I'm talking about?
In contrast this painting was very large - 40 x 30. I really want to make it goal of mine to do more of these large paintings and use a palette knife like I did on this one. It was a lot of fun. Now that I have the time and more freedom (daughter off at college) this is my goal - start immediately and do another one very similar to what I just painted at 7" x 5" and paint it 40" x 30".