Sunday, July 25, 2010

It's Up To You

The group was invited to paint at my son's house. Yes, it was our typical a.m. slot when this painting began with blue morning tones- true to the scene, but boring.
[time-lapse...] On my way to paint the moon, I spied this couple enjoying the sunset. [Then back in the studio]- The more I worked on this pier scene, the more it transformed into a platform to view the setting sun. The umbrella was no longer needed, and the chairs weren't cozy enough. I can hear some of you saying, "that's two different paintings layered one over the other". Yep.
Sure I broke all kind of rules in the process, but decided- "It's my party". Our canvas is a place of freedom! If this painting had a companion lyric, it is Dylan's- "She can take the dark out of the night-time, and paint the daytime black...She's got everything she needs, she's an artist, she don't look back."
I'm looking forward to a visit from Dad this week. The pier will no doubt get another transformation, into Pop's fishing-pier. We'll probably need the chairs and umbrella, but I'm not going back in after them.
As I crossed the bridge I marveled at this unique situation, it appeared the colors turned happiest out over the deep and kept somber over the land. The sky itself seemed to say- "It's up to you. Render me how you would like... it's your creation."
And yes, I was snapping and driving, but please don't tell my Dad!


Gwen Bell said...

Love the sunset, Jill! Very creative and a very nice transition. Those sunset colors look so great reflected on the water and bouncing through the trees. Great post that Dylan quote. It applies perfectly to you!

Carol Blackburn said...

Wonderful post, Jill. Feels like we were all present in your day.

susan hong-sammons said...

This piece shows "you." Breaking the rules, as you said, worked one hundred percent. The painting absolutely sings. It's so much more than just another pretty sunset. Can't wait to see what you do next!

Karen said...

You're in big trouble for snapping and driving! I'm quite sure you're the only one of us who's done that! ;)

I agree has to be our party on the canvas...otherwise it would be so b-o-r-i-n-g to paint. what would be the point?

Really cool to see all those process shots (in the previous post) too. I love getting to look over your shoulder!

Teresa said...

I like them both... the cool greens and blues of the daytime setting and the warm intimate sunset scene. Great job, Jill!

RE: "driving and snapping".... I promise not to tell on you!

DEB said...

What a lucky plein air painter you re! To have access to such a beautiful setting...and I bet it's just as pretty year round.

Jill Berry said...

Thank you, Art-Girls! I appreciate your thoughts 'cause you know a thing or two 'bout creative~feelins and makin' a canvas ~S~I~N~G~ !!!

Karen- We should have a rouge-photographer contest, cause I got some Good-Ones. Two I'll enter for sure- "Crossin the Mississippi Bridge" & "Mobile Bay Bridge Tunnel". Irresistible shots, but you know I did not take my eyes off the road.

Teresa- I figured I could trust a Carolina-girl with my secrets.
And yeah, get that painting & it's like two for the price of one, since you know what's underneath!

Deb- Thanks for the reminder! I remind myself of that often. Today I spent at the location of this painting- boating & wake-boarding, and I do feel very fortunate.