Many times each year I am asked about my painting process. How do I begin, how does the painting evolve, the steps, etc. I have decided to post a series of photos of the progress of one painting, " Hills of Algonquin" 30"x30" oil on canvas.
I hope this is helpful to those who wish to know.
The Hills of Algonquin reflects the first colours of the season as the threes transition from the brown dark of winter colours to the fresh buds of spring. You can see the new page called Paintings in progress on www.robertmcaffee.com
When an artist steps into his studio, breaks open a new canvas and sets it up in front of him on the easel, he is faced with something that only an artist at heart can understand. The need to become a part of that surface. To apply something to it. Some apply objects, some apply oil paints, some squirt colour onto it, some through colour onto it. Some, like this artist apply colour with a brush and occasionally knives. Once that paint goes on and the feeling of that interaction of paint and canvas occurs, the artist feels as though a relationship has begun. I respect that surface, it will eventually take on a life of it's own. many will see it, some will hate it, some will like it and the occasional one will fall in love with it. Someone will identify with it and simply have to have it. price will be an issue for most but to the one who "gets it" price will be no object. Even if monthly payments must be made, it will belong to him/her.
Today I am beginning a new large white canvas. Let's see where it takes itself and this artist.
On June 3rd, 2010 we enjoyed a wonderful new (for robertmcaffee.com) way of presenting art. We were invited to present 25 paintings at a private party at a home of one of my most faithful supporters. Gusts arrived, enjoyed fine food, fine wine, fine music and 25 of my paintings. In the end many paintings were taken to new homes where they will have happy lives with their new owners. It was a wonderful success and I would like to express thanks to the Henderson's for their continued support of my work and passion.
As it was so successful I have decided that I would make my art available to any one who wishes to stage an art show in their home. Be sure to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to do an art event in your home.
The Artists Journey
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This sketch above became this finished painting below
The Pine Tree Painter.
How did I become known as the Pine Tree Painter? You could say I paint a lot of Pine Trees, that would be true. I paint a lot of other things too, but Pine Trees, Spruce Trees, Birch and others seem to be a continuous string in what i do. I just like the way they stand there like a custodian of the land. or a greeter to nature. So, I continue down the path with the Pine Tree Painter name on my head, It's ok.