Friday, March 8, 2013

Life Is But a Dream

It's been a long time between posts - but I'm back and with a photo of my finished piece, "Life Is But A Dream".  Although I very much like it when the viewer looks at my paintings and get's something out of it themselves, a lot of people love it when I tell them the story of the how the painting came to be like my tale of "Orchid" and how for me, it's about the rock star, Steven Tyler. For this piece, I was out with a friend using my good camera, taking pictures of the lily pond at the Botanical House in Balboa Park.  The lily pond had just been renewed with new lilies and the pond is filled with koi and turtles. While taking photos and enjoying my friend's company, I was thinking about how short life really is and how the people in your life come and go and how you can't really hang on to things, events, people, or even your own life for very long no matter how much you try.  Ironically, the very next day a flash mob of hipsters showed up at the park armed with water-gun bazookas filled with bubbles and they had one big water-gun fight.  No harm was ever intended, but the entire pond - waterlilies, koi, turtles and other plants had been destroyed.  The whole city of San Diego gasped.  I can say now that the pond is back with new lilies and koi and I'm sure there will be no further water-gun bubble fights.   This piece was finished in 2012 and is 19.50 x 20.50 on hard press watercolor paper using the technique of the Icarus board.  It's mounted on to cradle-board with a float frame surrounding it.


Life Is But a Dream
For some time, I've been very slow about getting down to the business of painting and not knowing which direction I'd like to go.  I've been accused of procrastination and using other hobbies as a form of distraction.  It's true, whenever I feel I've lost my way, I do give myself busy but fun work that has nothing to do with painting. Sometimes there are too many ideas, it's like being a kid in a candy store not knowing which to pick or in my case how to paint it. Last month, I decided to have my paintings critiqued by a very talented and popular artist, Betsy Dillard Stroud.  She had so many wonderful comments that were very insightful and it helped me to regain confidence that I  do have an artistic point of view to share.  I also learned that I have a pattern of  falling to much in love with the subject matter, so much that sometimes I forget about its environment and at times the two don't necessarily mesh.  So, my goal this year is to create my own compositions using my own photo references and to draw/paint it so that both the subject matter and environment are a cohesive whole and to have the environment still remain in the background.  If possible, I would still like to marry my painting style with use of watercolors, liquid acrylics and colored pencils.

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