Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Now Is The Time

When you first learn to weld and you know the basics

 Morning Walk

you have an overwhelming desire to create something nice.
I encourage those I help to learn this skill to save their
first creations.  A year later, if they continue to practice,
they can look back on this experience and laugh.
  
 I still have a lot to learn, a lot of brushes that have never seen
paint, even paint not opened that has never seen a brush!
I am tired of landscapes already and realize they were just an exercise.  It could take me years to paint the perfect tree, a cloud that you could really see through or water that really looked wet.
Any landscape leaves the viewer with an attitude that they could do it better or certainly seen it better done.

I have learned shadows, light and dark, depth and focus.  I like some detail but not too much.  I like mystery to a painting.  Painting should be poetry.

So this is my "project piece" the one I will save and look back on it a year from now.  The intention is to get better and laugh!

More Early Stuff is here.


4 comments:

SooZeQue said...

I always save my first creations, problem is I make a lot of ONE thing. My yards a little full. :) I can tell you are truly loving your freedom in painting. They're looking great! Keep painting with that wild abandon.

AutumnLeaves said...

Jerry, you might find the Wet Canvas site so helpful, fun, and very informative if you are of a mind. I don't go often because I could spend all day looking at everyone's work but I know there are many tools for learning there too.

I love how adventurous you are; truly the soul of an artist and I love seeing your welding art pieces and your painted pieces. You are mastering them all!

Tiffiny said...

A project piece, something to look back on. What a great idea. I do that with writing, look back on old stuff and see where I have improved and notice where I still need improvement. It really does work to have these project pieces.

freebird said...

Have fun while you are at all this experimenting! Getting lost in painting is never a waste of time.