It’s amazing that the moment our mood changes our world changes. Colors that were once warm and bright change to cool blues and grey with one sad or fearful thought. We literally paint a picture of our day before it begins. Our eyes take directions from inside and the world looks the way we feel. We wear eyeglasses tinted to the colors of our experiences.
As an artist I’m always looking to see with new eyes, a way that is ‘creative.’ Knowing seeing is an inside job, I practice painting from different points of view. Like wearing three types of glasses, I put on one pair to see the whole picture, another pair is tinted to the mood of the painting and the final pair are reading glasses for up-close detail. While painting I step back from the art board constantly to see ‘the whole picture.’ This phase lasts throughout the process of the painting. When it’s time for color mood adjustment I put on my tinted glasses and the very last part of the painting is left to my reading glasses.
The ‘whole picture’ in artistic terms consists of harmony, balance, color, tone and positive & negative shapes. Spontaneously covering the whole art board quickly with color lets my creative side shine. The best media for this process is acrylic paint because it dries fairly fast. Also, in my zest and enthusiasm the need for overpainting is a fun part of the creative experiment and acrylics are great for this. The newer acrylics have solutions to vary the drying time to your own preferences, so your creativity can take over. Your paintbrush becomes a magic wand. When you paint spontaneously you open doors to greater creativity and begin “seeing with new eyes.”
My art students hear these words over and over “You are the creator of a whole new world inside your painting. You are the painting and the painting is you. The external world is not involved, just your interpretation of it.” The students put on their tinted glasses and paint a mood that speaks volumes with color. Of course, some instruction about warm and cool colors, complementary colors and intensity of color comes into play, along with a handy color chart.
Putting on reading glasses too soon can bring out a creative block that can be hard to overcome. Detail is meant to be used as the final phase of a painting. One key to a great composition is where the detail is placed. The viewer of the artwork can feel it’s wonder when their eyes are directed by the painter’s use of detail.
The ability to paint a whole new world is a handy tool to have. This talent is inherited by every human and used by a those who have a desire to ‘see with new eyes.’ If you have this desire you are invited to attend my monthly painting workshop here at Nature’s Home Preserve in Jackson County, Western North Carolina.
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For more information go to www.doreylart.yurtstudio.com
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