Further to my previous blog about the revelation of colour in my work, here is a good example of that. I first painted this mountain from the Canadian Rockies in a dark and vague blue grey with white cap to draw your eye upwards. But what it achieved was a bland and uninteresting painting with no where for your eye to go. After six months of sitting on it and seeing many just walk right on past it in shows, I had an idea to transform it (no excuse for it taking six months, thats my speed). The result, I think is a painting that now has dimension and multiple layers of interest.
Recently I was in a serious funk over the way my paintings were turning out. I was hungry for punch, and something to grab me. It was a friend, Sara who was able to point me in the right direction with a simple suggestion; " you just need to use more powerful colour. Don't be afraid", she said. So I set out to do just that. The result was the latest series of paintings where I believe the difference is obvious. Sometimes revisiting older paintings not yet sold invited a splash of colour. It has changed this artists life and by the results and feed back from many of you it has brought a new perspective to my work.
I am currently doing a series of Fall paintings in oil that reflect this artists impression of the woods as they change colours. The changing of the colours is not all that changes, but our lives change at this time of the year as well. Cooler air, warmer colours on the trees around us, the Autumn season brings our hearts into a warmer emotion. Makes us want to get close and share time, laughs and some turkey. I hope you enjoy the paintings as they emerge here on www.robertmcaffee.com
I am sitting here contemplating an invitation I have received to participate in an art show in Ontario. On the headline of the invitation it states in bold " FIRST PLACE PRIZE IS $1000.00". Lets think about this for a moment. 20 or more artists end up having a place in the show. Then a Jury goes through the paintings and decides which they think should get the prize. They also decide which they feel should get Honorable Mention, etc, etc. So they will select those and the remaining paintings will be perceived as somewhat lower on the scale of importance and merit than those mentiond and awarded.
I have been in many such shows and it never ceases to nauseate me when this situation occurs. To make matters worse, they have all of these wonderful paintings on their wall for a month or so and during that time the only visitors are the friends and families of the artists who are participating in the exhibition. Further, if a sale were to happen the gallery holds the painting till the end of the show and will not release them till then. This will discourage the would be patron from following through with the purchase.
Getting back to the prize issue. I am seriously contemplating letting a painting of mine to this show I am invited to participate in but I am also contemplating asking them to (should I happen to be the unlikely recipient of the award) donate the award to a charity of their choice. I just feel in my heart that tbeing awarded for a painting as a "winner" amungst other often better artists than I, is a really wrong thing to do. Perhaps going forward I will not accept such prizes ever again.
My Little protest.
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.