Painting #10

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.

Original Painting by Lawren Harris        My sketch        Underpainting (aka final 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.

harris_masterstudy_lake     Harris_Sand_Lake

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.


4 thoughts on “Painting #10

  1. Just take a deep breath and do it! Doesn’t matter if it’s perfect or what you envisioned. You’ve just got to start. I imagine it’s like writing, although it’s harder to edit a painting, I’m sure, ha! But you have plenty of canvasses and ideas, so paint away!

  2. I know…just suck it up and do it. Funny you should use a writing example. That’s even harder!! I have nearly a decade of NaNoWrimo fails to prove it. (And before anyone asks, I’m not even considering it this year).

  3. Yep, just do it! P.S. I am artistically challenged, but I love the paintings you’ve selected to recreate or use for inspiration. I see you style in them!

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