At the edge of Lynn Headwaters, with my new painting hat, I bring out some of my favourite art books and comment on the various artist’s use of line as inspiration for my own work which is featured in fast motion to music.
This Article was based on a previous post titled: “Getting In the Mood”. It was published in the Federation of Canadian Artists Magazine “Art Avenue” this month and I would like to share it with you. Below is the article: A Little Thought on Inspiration: “Getting in the Mood”
What does it take to “Get in the Mood” to create something from nothing? I asked myself this question after spending a whole day painting without any satisfying results. On other occasions, taking a hike in the mountain’s fresh air or surrounding myself with the vastness of the ocean was all it took. But then there are those other days….when I am not in the mood.
Like the day spent in the park, studying yet another blank white space, nothing coming to mind after several failed landscape sketches, and feeling as though I had forgotten what a paint brush could do.
That’s when I decided to pitch one last effort to use everything left in my paintbox and employ the full spectrum of my spirit to capture whatever I could.
It was in this striving to go the extra mile, in the mood of surrender, that finally prepared a place in me to receive what I needed. Within a short time a small bright painting resulted and I felt I had discovered something new. This creativity was not something I could force but something to be open to.
My hope is that in whatever “extra mile” you take along your way that it too brings you to undiscovered places. And, like a special painting, add a bit of colour to your life.
Here are some suggestions that may help motivate artists to get “In the Mood” to paint:
-Go for a walk in nature, perhaps in a new location
-Visit an art museum, historical site or art show and spend a few minutes with a favourite piece
-Take a class from an artist who’s work you like (Federation Classes are some of the best) even if you know how to paint
-Watch an artist at work – youtube has many examples (including my own series on Youtube: Jane Appleby Art https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt_PKiq0FUAwhC614dPXzHA )
-Paint with a friend or even your dog, cat or animal pal
-Use new colours, brush or support, trying NOT to make a painting but just doodle and play
-Try to really take in a scene with your eyes and emotions, picturing how you would paint it, meditate and pray, breath, and be thankful for the day.
-Go to “your room” and “shut the door” and Paint!
To View more artist’s reflections visit www.janeappleby.com
We are more than flesh and bone, and what we own; what we do or not do, while our inner spirit cries out to live… and live well. Thinking more about these things, I start to appreciate the natural beauty around me and what I feel is in my own heart. I realize my painting is just a small part of who I am but it is something that I can share with others in hopes that it inspires More…More of who we are – and I believe that is more beautiful than we realize.
Please enjoy watching this video:
Sometimes painting is like playing music, with high and low notes of hues, where brushstrokes of various colours form cords, harmonious or in discord making a unique visual song. When outdoors this “playing” is ultimately orchestrated by the landscape and conducted by the artist. The symphony of lights and darks, solo’s of individual colours and choruses of brushwork become a shared song from the heart. Here is one of these played out in this fast motion video. Enjoy the “Music” and Happy Thanksgiving! Jane
An abstract study in oils painted on Galiano Island is transformed into an impressionistic painting inspired by the ocean. Jane kayaks in with Laika, her dog,______________________________________________________A heritage cottage in Belcarra is painted in fast motion using a limited number of brushstrokes. Featuring Instrumental Music by Cambell and Green._____________________________________________________My other Videos that include explainations:
This 2 minute video shows an example of Jane Appleby’s plein air set up with portable easel and lightweight pachode box as she kayaks into Belcarra Park.
This 15 Minute Video on location at Beautiful Belcarra Park shows the counting of 37 brush strokes using oils to paint a plein air study of a rock that looks like a bear face.
This shows AN EXPRESSIVE 16 X 20 ABSTRACTED LANDSCAPE PAINTED IN 37 MINUTES ON LOCATION AS A STUDY IN OILS. THE WINDSWEPT SEASHORE OF GALIANO ISLAND WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR THIS COLOURFUL EXPRESSION WHICH outlines my INTUITIVE painting method USING VARIOUS BRUSHWORK, COLOURS AND EVEN A RUBBER TEXTURING TOOL. ALL THESE WERE USED TO PRACTICE SKILLS IN PAINTING BOTH WITH TRANSPARENT AND SOFT PASSAGES AS WELL AS BOLD OPAQUE BRUSHWORK TO MAKE A COLOURFUL ABSTRACT EXPRESSION. What I liked about this piece include: “REPEATED PATTERNS, COLOUR EXCITEMENT AND SURPRISES, RHYTHM IN THE BRUSH STROKE AND SOME RENDERING OF EMOTION I felt in the place”.
THIS VIDEO SHOWS A direct PAINTING method IN FAST MOTION AND IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF A QUICK 37 STROKES PAINTING Study. FEATURING MUSIC BY CAMBELL AND GREEN, sung by my friend Cailin Green who manages to focus on the beauty of the day no matter what comes our way.
May you too find happiness on your way, Jane
I have made a number of outdoor painting videos that I wish to share with you over the next few months.
The series is called: Painting with Jane Appleby and features my favourite locations and ways of painting.
There will be a new video each week. PLEASE WATCH AND SHARE: Jane Appleby Art
Wishing you all a happy summer, Jane