September 14th, 2012
8"x 8" oil on wood
What is it about art that gives us so much peace? I suppose there are many reasons which depend on each and every individual artist as well as person looking at the art. Let me offer this suggestion:
For me, each day when I get set to paint I have this routine I have to go through. Go for coffee at my fav spot. Read paper, relax. Sit alone, and clear my mind. Then go home, sit in my camper chair and stare at the canvas I am planning to work on. 10 minutes, 20 minutes, sometimes an hour just focusing and calming myself. Then I need to paint something easy and sketchy, just to tune in my hands. Get out the shakes and get them under control.
Then the fun begins.
so in all, perhaps 1 to 2 hours to get to the zone. When I do not do this you can certainly see the difference. My paintings look rushed, less refined, kind of crude. But doing so, getting into the zone, is like entering into the peace of heaven itself, and my painting reflects my feeling.
That's my idea. hop
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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.