Things have changed. I now walk differently. I observe. I stop many times and look at the trees, the leaves, the texture and the color. I take pictures of the simplest things- well, they are not really simple. I am possessed by the sky. You may think I am crazy. But when you like painting like I do, everything you see becomes painting material. Everything.
|"Tomorrow will be sunny" 6x8 pastel|
So Nature inspires me. Its the center and focus that drives my art. Hence, I paint the landscape. Yes, I can draw other subjects. But the landscape has something that I cannot let go.
The first time I remember wanting to make art was bittersweet. I was suffering from bad depression for years, and was trying to find something different than my engineering job that would help me relief some of the ugly symptoms. I needed to concentrate some energy excess into something different. I took a class with acrylics to force myself to do the work. And it worked.
After the class I made the commitment to go back to pastels and move forward with it. And that was the beginning of the journey. About 6 years ago. And here I am, still moving.
Why pastels? Ok, I am not a very patient person. I like to get stuff done fast and even though this is not a good thing when painting, soft pastels allow me to draw and paint at the same time without having to mix colors. I don't have to worry about paint drying up too fast, or not getting the same color right if I ran out. I don't have to wait for paint to dry to fix a mistake.
|Sunset in my neighborhood|
I don't paint realistic landscapes. I chose impressionism because I feel more free when I don't have to make it look real. It doesn't have to look like a photo. I am always amazed at artists that can accomplish realistic landscapes but I honestly think its too hard and it would be scary - don't need more of that really.
In the future, I see myself painting definitely larger pieces. I am still trying to find my style. But I know I want to find a specific place in terms of audience, style, and subject in the short term.
I would like people who look - and hopefully buy - my work to do it because they are attracted to the light and dark contrast and the strong colors. I really don't see my work going to soft neutral color or just being "pleasing to the eye". I might hurt someones eye with too much color or by being too bold, but well... that person won't be in my audience.
|Ruby and Matt|