As I have stated many times before, I am a total novice when it comes to painting. I must be learning the hard way, because it is HARD. I can say that I’ve become far more comfortable with the acrylic and oil mediums. What I can’t seem to master is the full process. My background is in ceramics, which is not only 3D vs. 2D, but a medium that you can just throw yourself into with little planning. Lump of clay on wheel/Basic idea of final form/Throw. Painting takes a lot more planning. Composition, style, color selection, underpainting. It’s far more involved than anything I’ve ever attempted before.
I did a master study a few months ago of Lawren Harris’s “Pine Tree and Red House”. It was an acrylic on canvas paper, and unfinished, so not much of a keeper. I didn’t focus too much on making a perfect replication, but on the details that make his original painting so special. His compositions and forms are wonderfully fluid. But it’s his use of light and shadow and really catch my eye. So I thought I’d give it another go, this time with the full intent of finishing the painting.
My next attempt is Pool, Sand Lake, Algoma (1922). As I got into the drawing, I realized just how difficult it is to replicate paint strokes in graphite. But I think I captured the basic composition.
What I haven’t decided yet is if I should bother trying to duplicate this particular painting, or just use his style to create my own composition. I’m not so familiar or comfortable with northern flora (aka conifers), so I may try to simply emulate his work using a local subject. I’ll have to think about that for a minute.
While I’m thinking, I now have EIGHT canvases either primed and ready to go, or with the background layer in place. Nine ideas rolling around in my head, and no confidence to move forward. Either I’m making this really hard on myself, or I’m just not meant to be a painter.
Fortunately, pottery class begins in 6 days! It will be so nice to get back to something I understand.