The giant rock wall's of Capital Reef can inspire and leave you speechless. Any words I would have to describe them would be sadly inadequate. You have to stand right there in the middle of it all and be quiet and see and hear the bigness, find the color that best describes it and try to capture it all.
Recently I had the opportunity to attend a workshop in Capital Reef National Park with fellow artists and friends. The time spent there was indeed inspiring.
This painting "Value Added Tax" may or may not be what the letters on the boat stand for. But I know they are real. The sunlight is from the far right and it is not yet sunset. The fishermen are now in with their catch. The far islands are warming to the setting sun and the light catches the houses and makes them twinkle.
I tried to capture the time of day first, keeping track of the suns effects on the local color.
This Painting was done from a photo when Phyllis was only in her early 90's. She is now 96 and just as beautiful. The painting went fast, it was one of those days that just went well. There were adjustment to the shirt adding more paint with a pallet knife the next day.
This painting was a gift to Phyllis for Christmas.
"60 Turns" was done in studio as a midterm project for Sally. It was started four weeks ago. Time was spent moving things around and working on the lighting. The background dogged me for days, and the eggs were to be colored eggs I had picked up special from the farmers market, only to change them to white so they would stand out against the foreground.
So things learned......plan, plan, plan, especially at this stage of my studies. Get it all worked out at the start. Learning what has to get worked out is the trick for me. That seems silly, but... I do know it is absolutely true that the drawing has to be solid.
What I love about this piece is the ladle with the rusty edges, and the handle.... the wooden part, and along the length where it says 60 turns a minute. The raised lettering was the last detail.
The changes I would make next time are what keeps it fresh, wanting to do something well.
Oh! if you are wondering what the heck this machinery is....well.... It was my grandfathers cream separator. I grew up next door to my grandparents dairy farm and saw this contraption really do the job. It sits in a prominent place in my home.
This painting was started in class and finished in studio.
The objects were on a table among other objects, and had two light sources which created inconsistent shadows with the books and bottles. Also the background had to be created without the benefit of an existing wall so as to show depth to the painting. After working to resolve those issues, this is the finished painting.
This Painting is from a photo I took on a recent trip to Park City, Utah. Many artist have painted this barn. They have done beautiful representations of it. There is another barn in the same vicinity, on which an American flag hangs. A huge American flag. These barns are well recognized in the Park City, area.