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.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Flashbacks and Surprises
"Florida Bluebonnets" 16x20, Oil. SOLD.
Blue- is sky, blue- is water, but blue is the rarest of floral colors. These wildflowers are typical of Texas, where I visited the last two Springs, without the pleasure of seeing or painting any, only to return home and spot this field abloom from my back deck. I notified plein-air friends and we had a special session. The traveling easel didn't have far to go this time, so we just walked across the street.
As my blog-friend Karen Phipps mentioned recently- it's in the doing that we learn. Time spent painting is akin to a workshop by ourselves, for ourselves. Observing my own methods for this work, I have an array of applications.
Ya gotta start somewhere- in this case it was with a house paint brush.
To soften the horizon, I used a cotton cloth.
Distressing over the whiteness of the canvas showing through, because I hadn't pre-toned my canvas, I sought to achieve a ground base by the drip-method.
(Oil paint doesn't always have to be applied thick.)
Finally though, in an attempt to state a massive field of bluebonnets, as opposed to individual flowers- I had to draw my sword.
Gotta love life's little surprises... the unexpected... the suddenlies!