I am repeatedly surprised at what I retain after a trip. I tend to sample the new foods and talk about them repeatedly to my friends. After a trip to Mexico, I came back with pure chocolate from Oaxaca and made hot chocolate for my friends and family when I got back. We were in the middle of winter and it was perfect then.
My long term memories have left with impressions of what I saw and then I go to the easel and paint away. For the last few years, I have painted scenes of the weather. I am far from being a traditional painter but my trips lead the way to landscapes. These are not your run-of-the-mill landscapes but impressions of my experience there.
The skies have been a big influence as has the weather. My journey to the Himalayas in August is doing the same thing to me. I am painting skies again. This is as much a surprise to me as the next person. I have a tendency to abstract and rarely paint landscapes (usually). I will have to figure this one out……Maybe, you can help?
As you mature as an artist, it is recommended that you have a solo show. This shows that you are now moving into the ‘professional’ category and that you have a solid body of work created. So, the question is: How do I get to that point?
First, pick a theme that you enjoy painting. If you are a landscape painter, pick one area (ie. Elk Island Park) and paint scenes from that area. Or, paint only trees. Or, paint only fall fields…. you get the idea.
Second, pick a color palette that you will use for all the series. Six basic colors that you will use for the whole series. You can vary this with a few more colors but stick to those chosen colors.
Third, create at least 20 works that you are happy with on that theme. This may seem like a lot but when you go to fill a room with your own work, it has been my experience that you always need more work than you think.
Fourth, Work only on this series for a ‘certain’ time period. If you concentrate on that series, your work will be more consistent. Consistency is important for a solo show.
For the month of April, 2015, I have a show at the Hemingway Centre in St. Albert.
25 Sir Winston Ave. St.Albert
Vasa St Albert
Preparing for it involved some serious elbow grease. I had to decide what I wanted to show. Although I had a lot of work ready, I wanted everything to go well together. I ended up creating a whole ‘bunch’ of new work so that I had a cohesive show. Tweaking some of the existing work too. Even though I thought I would be ready early, I was burning the midnight oil until the day before. The volunteers at the Centre put up the show (the artist was not allowed there) and they did a great job. I want to thank them for all their hard work. The show could not have happened without them.