This is "creek walking"! When my children were little we would go on creek safaris turning over rocks to see what's living underneath. Take a minute and listen to the water.......Again lots of inspiration!
I have had the opportunity to do a little "creek walking" lately. Every time I do this I am reminded how fortunate I am to have these glimpses of the natural world around me. Many of these experiences lead to abstract paintings like "Near Home "and Near Home 3. Pulling lines, space, colors and emotions to shape into these contemporary landscapes, riverscapes or seascapes
This is one of the first paintings from the series I have called Woven Conversations. Several folks have said "why" I think as all creative people we have to grow and change. I was throwing away things in the studio and thought why don't you do something with the paper. Well here it is torn, woven, painted, new marks, and new art.
I'm pleased to announce that my painting, House on the Hill (above), received the Liana Moonie Memorial Award for Innovative Abstract Landscape Painting at the NAWA - 130th Annual Members' Exhibition last month. Interested in purchasing this award winning painting? Visit: https://mkt.com/cindy-walton/item/house-on-the-hill-1
This is the final painting as I mentioned. It has traveled over many stages to come to this final resting place. The client will view the end of August. I will let you know what happens.
You may ask what were the changes I made? My students hear me say this all the time, More Layers!
Without the first attempt at this painting I would not have had the "history" lying beneath to allow for the depth and motion that was finally achieved. A defeat that became a victory.
The relationship between an artist and client is a give and take. We both have a vision in our minds as to the outcome of the painting . So we work together to reach our final destination.
I thought I had the job finished when I met the client but she wanted something extra within the painting. I went back to the drawing board. One small glitch in the path of this contemporary oil painter.
Yikes! How can this be the beginning of a peaceful cool blue painting. Surprised ?
Stay tuned for the big reveal in August.
The client really likes this body of work. "Reaching Deeply" is an example of the color palette. This particular size did not work with their interior. So color palette has been determined..... stay tuned - soon - right here on my blog for a peek at the beginnings of the painting!
A new commission is an exciting thing. It's a new painting for someone who has admired your work and has a specific space in their home where they want to hang your artwork!
The decision-making takes a bit of time but once the details are worked out it is time to start.....
Take a look--this page will answer specific questions about commissions, if interested contact me email@example.com
Now to begin: Step one: size is determined, panel is crafted and the wood/substrate must be primed.
Watch the blog over the next month to see the progress!
As I prepare for this past weekend's workshop I always reflect on the tools I use and why. A lot of this reflection is to prepare me for the demonstration that is to come. How I can use the tools to help encourage the participants to experiment.
One of the tools I use are pigment sticks. R&F is a brand I like a lot.
There is something about unwrapping the paper and paintings with these buttery sticks of pigment.
So many times there is a sense of freedom as I spread large areas of my paintings with the wonderful color. Many times I use a brayer to spread the paint or just leave it thick and chunky. This allows the history and mystery of the paintings to develop
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