Thursday, September 3, 2015
I did this walk in the morning, and again at night.
One evening near sunset I met this man, Patrick, http://www.patrickmcphee.com/
The artist looks at the object to paint, chooses or mixes colors to use, has all the tools to use, and the magic happens.
I spent about 10 to 15 minutes talking to Patrick about his art, choices, capturing light, realism vs abstract, and other aspects of art. So fun!
He said the other plein air artists think one must paint quickly and sort of sketchy if it's outside.
He does not roll that way. He is painstakingly careful about each stroke of color, and I watched him dab a tiny amount of light onto a branch then dab away extra color to blend the teensy dab further. He regarded the painting and did it again on another branch.
When I told him I am most comfortable working at 40 X 50 he was astounded!
He said his family will say, the art is done.
He knows it isn't because there is a bit more light needed, one more tiny dab of paint here...
He is not into portraits like his girlfriend, he paints landscapes. He's done it all his life and makes his living at it. They are incredible in person.
I learn so much by talking to artists working in different mediums than I do, and although I paint, I like watercolors. I like how they behave, how I apply the paint, how they smear and blend and show the paper, or fabric, under them. Patrick takes time and care with details. I already do that with my quilts but it was good to see another artist ignoring the people who tell him just do it fast, or that it's done. Know what I mean??
There is a fab book store in town that also sells artist supplies. I visit several times during our stay and this time I left with these supplies...
DH found this spiral bound, hard cover, lined book for me to pour out my stories. He bought this and a wonderful pen that lets ink flow out smoothly, as I prefer to write in longhand. Then, I found these pens and books ...
Reminds me of my teen years, and I was the only one writing with fountain pens, with the cartridge that you pierce with the nib. Scritch, scritch.
These are fabulous, and I've written many essays already in my book. I don't share them here but am considering starting a blog just for them.
I met an editor for the NYTimes on this trip and he asked what my genre is. Well, that's a hard question, as my writing style like my personality defies definition. Essays, characterizations, reflections, humor, fable, details noted about a moment in time or a person in particular that caught my imagination.
My engineer husband loves them, which is a rave review.
Writing is another art form and I'm all about the details.