Building up paint on a large canvas, after the underpainting is completed and dry, takes big brushes, time and daring or as my friend Elena Maslova-Levin says in quoting Rainer Maria Rilke – to go through the experience of seeing all the way to the end, to where no one can go any further“. *
But eventually the shapes start to appear and the painting starts to come alive.
The most challenging aspect is to stay in the energy of the original conversation with my subject. I have the painting sketch. I have the reference images and I even have a couple of video clips. But at some point I must let whatever has stuck guide me and just paint. I am at the “just paint” stage.
The only thing that can be done now – it is to simply start…
I make slight adjustments to the composition as I go…
My arm and shoulder begin to feel the strain of reaching. I keep painting!
And painting some more.
Now it is time to build on the tensions, the life blood of the place, while adding in the dancing light of this moment with its deep history of conversations between sea and shore. Can I do it? Will the painting soon be breathing on its own?
Well, we shall have to wait and see. We are not there yet… but soon!
What was the last long, exhilarating journey YOU have taken?
* quote is from the introduction for the catalogue book CONVERSATIONS ON EDGE written and edited by Elena Maslova-Levin for the two artist show with Terrill Welch on Mayne Island during the spring of 2018. The book can be previewed and ordered HERE.
PART 1 “Sea and Shore – A beginning” can be viewed HERE.
Part 3 “Sea and Shore – Strong Finish” can be viewed HERE.
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Creative Potager – Visit with painter and photographer Terrill Welch
From Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada
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