Reading many blogs, posts, and comments from developing artists, a common theme I have found is a desire to be more “painterly”; to be looser, more natural, etc. The general advice given is to become confident in the required technical skills that will let you paint with more creative freedom, not needing to focus so much on technique. This is very sound advice, but what to do?
Nobody sits down at a piano without much training and expects to play a Chopin Mazurka. And yet this is a bit the expectation of beginning artists. The resulting disappointment is often expressed as, “I guess I don’t have talent.” Learning to play the piano, I trained daily with “Hanon, The Virtuoso Pianist” to develop finger muscle and movement patterns. It was required by all my piano teachers. I would like to share a couple of tips for emerging artists that wish to become more “painterly”. I hope my experiences can help them as much as they have helped me....
While standing at the foot of the traffic circle I noticed this little bird sitting on a fire hydrant. She remained perched, paralysed by the mayhem and confusion caused by a goose that decided to cross the road. Wait, there is a guy walking, absorded in his phone call, that is about to colide with the news stand. The daily paper is almost sold out and the remnants of their wrappings is blowing down the sidewalk. An elderly couple are eagerly awaiting their rickshaw ride to arrive. A police officer is writing a ticket, and the bank manager is yelling at me because he thinks I am taking his picture. I just wanted to enjoy my cup of coffee.
NOW AVAILABLE – Ducks Unlimited Canada releases 2019 National Art Portfolio
Four Ontario artists selected for Canada’s premier collection of conservation artwork
DATE, CITY, ONTARIO– Connecting Canadians with the benefits of conservation is central to the Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) National Art Portfolio.
“Among our greatest challenges in wetland conservation is transforming how people relate to the natural world,” says Karla Guyn, CEO of Ducks Unlimited Canada. “Artists have a unique ability to evoke people’s feelings about the importance of our land, water and wildlife. They are strong proponents of conservation and their artwork is a powerful tool for building appreciation and support for wetland conservation in Canada.”
The 2019 National Art Portfolio is a collection of memorable moments that highlight the importance of Canada’s natural environment to our Canadian lifestyles. “Each year DUC receives hundreds of submissions,” says Guyn. “We select pieces that we feel...