"Ireland Babes" 18" x 14" Oil on Panel
These two darling Irish siblings completely captured my heart. Glowing with such absolute beauty, joy and love... I've truly fallen in love with them. (Please forgive the glare as the paint is still wet!)
I approached this oil painting, "Ireland Babes" (18 x 14 oil on panel), in an entirely new manner. All the plein air painting I've done has made me an even faster more energetic and spontaneous painter. The reason being in just one hour outside painting, the entire scene will have changed entirely due to the swiftly moving light. Therefore, one must respond to the scene quickly or it won't get captured. The beauty is this speed leaves no time to engage with distracting conversations in the head... only time to let life flow through and work its magic on the canvas.
So, this is how I'm painting everything now and it's so much fun! I watch the painting come to life, as I let life do all the work. It's almost an out of body experience as I continually drop the conversation, all the planning, all the stuff that makes for an "effortful" experience... and just let it flow. From this approach I do not know what the piece is going to look like at the end... and that's hugely entertaining for me as well - watching the piece unfold, come into focus, as if I'm a bystander. What starts as big shapes of color begins to refine into actual beings in front of me, full of love, joy, laughter and personality.
Life is so much better of a painter than I ever could hope to be.
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