I’m back from Maui. It was a good event all things considered, fair sales, good responses and I hope to go back next year, maybe sooner for another workshop. I guess I painted well enough, didn’t think so at the time but had gotten enough good feedback to help reframe my thinking on it. Included above are two of about 9 paintings from the trip, the one on the left was a 16×20 and it won the artist choice award and the one on the right was a 10×12 from the quickdraw. The lavender gardens just sorta worked out light-wise, it took me several hours to find this place up in the mountains, they are not big on signage there but it was worth the effort. Being in the mountains the foreground was under constant cover but the valley below was always in light so I was able to work, or I should say overwork the painting for about 5 hours before it was quittin’ time. Sometimes too much time on a painting is, well, too much. In poker terms I went all in and lost any sense of direction in the painting, but put it away for two days and gave it another pass. I took out a lot of stuff and simplified it greatly, especially in the foreground… everything got repainted. The main thing I restated was the subtle light on all the foreground shrubs in shadow as well as looked for ways to vary mass.. anyway I guess it worked out.
The quickdraw was a small piece for me, but that really allowed me to stay loose and get a lot done in the short amount of time alotted. In a quickdraw, it’s not a good idea to take huge risks (maybe little ones are okay) because it goes up no matter what, plus I like boats and am comfortable with water. When I walked up to this marina the composition was right there, the little boats on the left led right up to the main event. I sketched it in a few times ahead of time, much to the ire of some of the other painters, but right before the starting bell, I wiped all of it out and started fresh.
I learned so much from this trip, the biggest thing came from a discussion with Kevin Macpearson after gawking at his highly sensitive color explorations, I said something along the lines of “man, I wish I could do that.” and he said something along the lines of “you’re doing fine” and so I decided to quit wishing I was someone else and began being the best me I can be.
Oh and by the way, finally got to surf on HI. two days in a row… what took me so long?
coming back to life
March 16, 2009 by larrymoorestudios