So in my paintings of the wetlands, the Okefenokee, the Florida Suwanee river, Savannah Bird Girl, the trees you will almost always find life, just not physical people.
In my latest piece I was inspired by the "Pink April Moon". In case you missed it. Yes the moon was pink this past April 11th, 2017
This full moon was furthest from the earth and the moon was in Libra. The pink moon also called Strawberry moon and a few other names, but I like Pink Moon and Strawberry Moon, it congers up positive feelings and even sweet tastes.
So in my "Garden of Good and Evil" the good prevails with the power of the pink moon radiating throughout the my painting.
The "Bird Girl" of Savannah a steadfast witness holding her bowls of seeds for the birds, this time most of them, were eaten by the songbirds.
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Modern Impressionist Oil Painting in progress. Savannah Bird Girl
So here is a quick first photo of my latest oil painting in progress. This is just the beginning.
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I want to show you the process of the ink work that I usually do in my watercolor and ink paintings. This is a painting I just finished. In this video you see me doing most of the ink work in real time. I only cit out small parts to speed it up but you'll see a good part of it.
I also narrated the piece. I hope you enjoy it.
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Maxfield Parrish's work was introduced to me many moons ago. While I am not a particular fan of some of his subject matter, accept his landscapes which are fantastic and I love his trees too, I adore his palette.
He was truly a master of understanding the power of opposing colors and of toning down color in just such a perfect way that made his paintings and illustration glow.
I just came across one of my Smithsonian magazines with a great article about Parrish, and that made me want to take another look at his work. I scanned the cover and made a gray-scale version of one of his paintings. That is where it is clear to see how values play a great part in his success. Why his images have this wonderful glow as I call it.
His subject matter sits on top of the background and that is clear in this gray-scale image. When you look at the color version, it is not as clear. but his skills in knowing how to achieve depths and contrast in subtle but clear ways, is pretty much obvious.
His palette is actually pretty limited, so it's all values. He also divides his warm/cool palette into thirds. Here I see two thirds warm and one third cool.
In other paintings is opposite. The 2/1 principle makes it all work. Just a great artist in my opinion. What do you think? Let me know and I would really like to her from others who are much more informed then I am.
Here are some links to other sides that inform you about Maxfield Parrish and also about Color Theory
Here are some words by Parrish himself about how he painted:
"I used to begin a painting with a monochrome of raw umber, for some reason: possibly read that the ancient ones often began that way. But now the start is made with a monochrome of blue, right from the tube, not mixed with white or anything. Ultramarine or the Monastral blues, or cobalt for distance and skies. This seems to make a good foundation for shadows and it does take considerable planning ahead, and looks for all the world like a blue dinner plate. The rest is a build-up of glazes until the end. The only time opaque color is used is painting trees. The method of early Corots and Rousseau is a good one, suggested by nature herself, where a tree is first painted as a dark silhouette and when dry the outside or illuminated foliage is painted over it. This opaque may be a yellow or orange as a base to glaze over with green, as the problem may demand.
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I am mostly inspired by nature, but also by my own life experiences. My live is a real adventure. My past is very colorful and diverse. My childhood was very painful and difficult. Creating art is my total refuge and I am inspired by memories, of which I try to only hang on to the good ones. I am inspired by daily simple things, nature, sometimes the mundane, sometimes the glamourous, places and even movies that bring back memories of times well spend.
It is a intense feeling that comes over me when I decide to paint something specific, similar to when you smell a perfume and you remember that fragrance in connection with a wonderful experience. The stuff that floats on my head and heart all the time, inspires me.