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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Ocracoke Lighthouse - View From the Ferry


4x8 on canvas panel
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I tend to generally paint in a passive voice; focusing on giving my paintings an atmosphere of calm and serenity because that sense of tranquility is what I'm always striving to attain in my own life. Lately I've been looking for new ways to challenge myself with painting and to step outside my comfort zone, which admittedly has led to a non-cohesive style for me overall, but I find that the experimentation with different styles is helping me develop a way to find a balance between them all in the future.

I've been avoiding small paintings for quite a while because I find myself fussing with them too much and feeling like there's just not enough room to work with. I always try to add more and more detail until I get rid of the painting in frustration. A week ago I tried a few timed studies and liked how it forced me to paint in a more active voice and kept me from over-analyzing everything. That was the idea behind this little painting of the lighthouse on Ocracoke peeking out from behind the trees.

It's time for me to start cleaning the dust off my hoard of canvas panels!


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4 Comments:

Anonymous Laura Hopkins said...

Your work always puts a smile on my face, and it is quite tranquil which is what draws me to it. You are such an inspiration and I love how you are constantly challenging yourself...keep it up!

8:07 PM  
Blogger Carol Schiff Studio said...

I love this little painting! I agree, it is hard to edit, but you have done a fine job here!

6:40 AM  
Blogger Kerri Settle said...

Thanks so much Laura! Your kind words are appreciated in my often frustrating times of artistic transition (like now)!

Thank you Carol! Hopefully timing myself on these will really help me with editing from instinct.

8:25 PM  
Blogger laurens.paint.palette said...

Very nice job - the calm and serenity that you are trying to convey is most definatly coming across!

8:19 AM  

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