Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Painting by Intuition

A Little Romance is a 14x11 oil done from life by Shirley Fachilla.
Painting by intuition sounds so romantic. It implies feeling rather than thinking; passion rather than calculation. Occasionally, I do feel as though I’m painting intuitively. Those are the canvases where the design seems apparent, each brushstroke works, the color is just what I intended, and the whole painting simply flows.
But sometimes, intuition is something else again. These are the pieces where I am quite literally feeling my way.  Plein air painting can often be like that, and A Little Romance was like that as well.  I painted by light so low that color, even value was done with quite a lot of guesswork (or intuition if you will).
I bet you’re thinking, “gosh, why didn’t you get a light or move to where you could see?” Lighting my canvas would have changed the light on the model, moving would have changed the subject’s pose and the light on her was the very reason I wanted to do the painting. So I painted “intuitively.” I painted what I felt was right.
Robert Genn recently had a letter about creating an atmosphere to promote intuitive painting. I think my low light situation might qualify as the needed distraction in his recipe for painting by intuition… although the music he suggests seems preferable!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

My Little Wall

The Tennessee Art League (TAL) has a new home and a new opportunity for artists. Now located at 219 5th Avenue North (the Avenue of the Arts) here in Nashville, it’s offering wall leases for art!
I leased a wall. My wall is 4x8 feet; it’s moveable. It, and its sister walls, are situated in the middle of TAL’s rather expansive gallery space.
The wall is mine to fill with whatever paintings I want. So I did!
Of course, I forgot my camera but my husband’s phone did an adequate job of capturing an image.
Drop by TAL sometime when you’re downtown or on the First Saturday Art Crawl.

Heck, come on down and rent a wall! 

Monday, June 3, 2013

It's All about One's Mood...

Nothing to Cheer About is an 18x14 oil done from life by Shirley Fachilla.

The guy looks glum… the guy looks bored… the guy looks as though his team is losing.

Today, in my open studio, there were seven painters; all were painting the same subject, a guy with a beer wearing the sports paraphernalia of a fan. But only mine looked unhappy.
One rendition seemed iconic, another mysterious, yet another showed a happy fellow with bad posture. Only mine looked so sad.

A friend of mine once said that a painted portrait is as much a portrait of its artist as it is of its subject. I understand this to mean that the artist’s emotions, opinions and thoughts are on display in a portrait just as they are in any painting.  Obviously my mood today was not upbeat. I do notice, however, that my painted beer seems deliciously appealing!

Is it too early to send an invitation?

Pieces by (clockwise from left to right) : Susan Harlan, Janet Garner, Shirley Fachilla, Mike Martino and Topper Williams. So many ...