Monday, December 7, 2009
His latest newsletter shows some great beach paintings. Go to http://johnmorrisartist.com/
With the recent and continuing cold, rain and flooding in Ireland, and the current northern USA typical winter, looking at these summer scenes helps one's spirit.
Very Sound Stuff, John. I am just realizing that my creations may be inspired by thoughts of summer also.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
The jury accepted this one but not the other. I was formally notified that this painting won an award, but will not know what until Friday evening December 4.
I was honestly disappointed that both paintings were not accepted, as I believe they compliment one another. I guess this was not apparent to the judges.
That cold winter studio session arrived and this is one of the results. As you can see from my last post showing Be My Friend, got a change of background before becoming the final product New Friends, oil on stretched cotton 18x24.
As I developed the painting, from the study, I felt that it needed more atmosphere than the neutral tidal pebble sand that was actually present when I took my digital pictures. Not sure it worked, but I enjoyed the process. I hope viewers agree
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
John says "My paintings are about light and the effects of light on objects such as figures, water landscapes; they are about minute colour changes"
The site is http://johnmorrisartist.com/
This is a studio painting (oil 9x12 on linen).
Some of the mountain chains on the Dingle Peninsula have no official name. I think that this is Stradbally Mountain, part of a long spine down the center of the peninsula, on the way towards Conor Pass.
The painting is from a visit home to my daughter, living in Tralee, from photographs taken on the move while driving to Dingle.
This is me (well-someone-bad likeness) at work in August 2008 on the rocky shoreline at Doolin, Couty Clare, Ireland.
This is a magnificent place to paint, provided you securely anchor everything down against strong, sometimes gale force winds blowing in off the Atlantic. The chances of a good soaking are also high, but then, shortly afterwards, out will come the sun and dry you off. Actually the stormy skies make for more stimulating images, anyway.
The famous Cliffs of Moher are in the background, by the way.
Friday, July 3, 2009
The demise of this great tree fascinated me at the time and, while I have made previous efforts to create a painting from it, this is my most "complete" effort. I had great difficulty with the tonal values because of the over exposure. This difficulty reinforces my belief in plein air painting, when, even if the painting is not a success, there is still authentic color notation from which a studio painting can be created.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
With Jerry's guidance, all participants improved their technique, color management skills and compositional awareness, while still having fun!
Jerry's website is jerrypoints.com and his new blog is jerrypointspaintings.com
Friday, February 13, 2009
Sometimes it is hard (for me) to explain exactly what catches my eye, while wandering about enjoying the fresh shoreline environment while looking for painting material. I think, in this case, it was the shape and texture of the breakwater with the lushness of the sand dune looming above.
I had difficulty with values creating this picture and, even now, in its finished state, it does not have the contrast as in the photo taken at the time the sketch was made.
Anyway, here's hoping the process gets easier. Get me in a room with a bunch of artists-especially over a glass of wine-or whatever beverage is at hand, and I am ready for discussion. I hope I get some feedback.
As a start, I am going to post a few recent paintings, with the process as recorded in stages of progress. I will also explain why the piece was created-what attracted me and what problems I experienced in the process.