Sunday, May 10, 2015

"Lake View from 'Womble Terrace'

                                          my bench awaits me
                                          lakeside rest with peaceful views
                                          time to contemplate

                                          acrylic on canvas
                                          8" X 8"


  1. Hi Steven,
    Wow! An explosion of spring in all Her glory.
    Well Done.

  2. Hi Gary
    Thanks! Yes, spring is such a glorious time. I've certainly had a good time this year interpreting what I see around me. I just wish I could do a better job of translating my paintings to the internet. Everything seems to look so garish when I post my images. I do like color, however getting the hues right for publishing is not very successful.
    Thanks for your continued support and comments.
    Your blog friend

  3. Steven,
    I know just how you feel about the colors you see and you paint, versus how they look on computer screens and even printouts. The anxiety caused by this on-going problem often makes me postpone putting them on the blog. I have no problem sharing the "rough" early stages of a painting. No reason for embarrassment over that! The real pain for for me comes when I believe the piece looks pretty good, maybe even finished. I'll work hard to get a good photo, then, too often, disappointment sets-in when I upload it to the computer.
    I know very well I shouldn't allow this to turn me into a virtual recluse, hiding my work to keep it from the judgmental hoards, but it usually does. Even when I think it's as good as it's going to get, that darn computer screen seems to emphasize flaws I don't see.
    It seems to be a curse we all must learn to deal with. My advice to you, but please feel free to ignore it and I won't be offended in the least, is to go BOLDER with your colors. Think like a Fauvist and use the most saturated colors your heart desires. That, or become a Tonalist and completely eliminate the problem.
    Every time I tried to paint flowering cherry, plum or pear trees, despite busting my gut trying to duplicate their beauty, I failed. Always they were either gaudy or so washed-out, it was like no color. Nature stumped me and now I stick to portraiture. Vincent van Gogh was able to pull it off, but not me.
    More than a few great artists and art teachers understand that the only way to paint nature is with the full knowledge and understanding of the limitations of their chosen medium. They learned how to "trick" us into believing they'd captured the beauty on canvas. More like artistic "smoke and mirrors", but it worked, and still does today.