On location, out in nature, artist Jill Berry works with oil paint and a palette knife to produce her impressionistic landscapes. She shares insight regarding her INSPIRATION and INTERPRETATION of the local environment in NW Florida.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Perspectives and Technique
The work above, "barn that is no more" I'll call it, is the painting demonstration of Bill Thompson. Six of our Florida group made the short trek beyond our borders to gain perspective from one of "Alabama's Finest". To begin the "Color & Motion" workshop he took us on a lightening-speed presentation of the "science" of seeing. Shapes... Values... Edges... You must be able to observe the reality before distorting it- "Find a form & Lose it." We all learned ways to have a "fresh eye" from this former rocket-scientist, gone rogue; I mean, NASA Aerospace Engineer turned Artist. "Look at your painting backwards in a mirror". "Every area should be interesting, but not all edges should have equal importance. Everything is relative." Know your point and use contrast to emphasize it. The why's trumped the how-to's, before brush, knife, or feather touched the canvas.
A caulking gun- a vivid reminder not to be stingy with the paint.
A Fast and Furious "Take Off"
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Adding Color with an extended brush.
A Few Final Dances between Paint and Canvas
Then the Show was Over. Observation Deck Closed.
I must add, to all the cerebral enlightenment- Bill's insistence that there are no rules. So, full of ambition to reinvent myself with each painting, yesterday I received an inquiry from my website. It was in regards to how he could "learn my technique", a Medical Surgeon asking me for help! Guess I could explain how I like to use my knife to blur the edges. (Bill, thanks for the tip... cuz my edges were way to sharp.)