Category Archives: Landscape

The Eye of the Artist

Rose Hill, 12 x 9, pastel, February 2019

Continuing my research into style I wanted to explore the artist’s eye. It stands to reason that styles are different because what we see is different.

The Masters see the world differently than most.  There are scientific reasons for this:  stereoblindness (wall-eyed), divergent thinking, non-attentional blindness and a few others. But what makes them Masters is that they are open to this.  As Picasso said, “Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.”  They seem to have understood that divergent thinking can be a powerful tool. By noticing things others don’t have time to see they can jar us out of our habit of seeing what our brain tell us we see.

My college professors would tell us not to identify the object, instead look at the entire scene: lines, shadows, shapes and contours.  They would also have us close our dominant eye before beginning a drawing. These are ways to see the world as it is, not as our brain tells us it is.  I wish I had understood their importance and had continued using them all these years.

I watch artists’ videos, high speed demos, their progress shots and marvel at what they are able to create. I love the idea of several artists painting from the same reference, you would end up with several extremely different approaches, processes and finished paintings. It is how they see the the subject matter and their style working together that makes their art their own.

https://www.apa.org/monitor/2010/02/artists.aspx
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/psychology-creative-people-see-world-differently-a7762596.html

Day 27, daily painting challenge

I’ve been pretty busy the last few weeks. I am grateful that Jim likes to cook, otherwise I may have starved!

Today I finished an abstract landscape, that we see a lot at camp. We are so far down in the ravine that, in places, when you look up you can’t see the sky. You see this glorious green glow from the leaves and deep, dark branches. I did a watercolor underpainting for this one. I am not convinced it was necessary, although it made the pastel painting portion very quick.

the canopy, 12×18, pastel, 5 January, 2019

 

I have been meaning to finish the last painting in a series for my daughter, and was able to get that done. I am really pleased with how it turned out.

Roses for Rosie, 5×7, paste, 4 January, 2019

 

While my nose was running yesterday and my ears were clogged about all I could handle was a less than stellar landscape. I feel better today and on second look decided I really like the color combination and will use that again.

first snow, 5×7, pastel, 4 January 2019

 

I also got squirreled by zentangles, they are amazing aren’t they! I spent many evenings over the holidays working on these two. I love them and want to do more!

zentangle1, December 2018

zentangle 2, January 2019

Day 24, daily painting challenge

Mid-Winter finished. It was nice to paint a landscape, but I have decided that it can’t be in place of the 6×6 daily painting. Lesson learned

Mid-Winter, 9×12, pastel, day 24, 2 January, 2018

Love the Process update

I began a Love the Process challenge 13 days ago. It is a challenge to create art everyday, but love creating, not the product. It has been an incredibly fun and freeing challenge so far. It is my goal to make sure that continues, and hopefully my skills will improve along the way too!

Here are some of the pieces I have created.

I am posting my artwork everyday at https://www.instagram.com/stacymayou/

Hydrangeas, 7 x 12, pastel painting, November 2017

 

Gold Heart, 5 x 5, colored pencil, November 2017

The Bass Player, 8 x 10, pastel painting, October 2017

Stella – self portrait, 9 x 12, pastel painting, October 2017

Lou, 6 x 12, colored pencil, October 2017

Sunday Morning, 14 x 11, acrylic paint, October 2017

A Little Lace, colored pencil, October 2017

Mom’s Tulips, 7 x 5, pastel painting, October 2017

Love Birds, 10 x 4, Markers, October 2017

Love the Process

So, I started a 31 day daily painting challenge on October 1, then our youngest son got married on October 7, then I took a pastel workshop October 12-14, then I took a breath.

When all the merriment of the wedding was over but before all the information from the workshop sunk in I tried to paint, but it felt hard and heavy. I stood in front of my easel seeing the finished piece in my mind but afraid to paint because I knew I couldn’t produce what I saw in my head.

Thanks to the patience of a dear friend, the wisdom of my best friend, and the spunk of a new friend I realized that I’ve been so focused on producing a masterpiece that I’ve forgotten to how much I love the process.

Time to start the day with a cup of coffee and some doodles, color play, and material experimentation. I will be posting my Love the Process images daily on instagram, http://www.instagram.com/stacymayou

Love the Process day 1, Tulips, soft pastel on gray pastel board

Love the Process day 2, Tulips, soft pastel on gray pastel board

Farmington River Plein Air

It has been beautiful here this week and I finally got outside to paint. I have very little experience as a plain air artist. I find it very intimidating. However, I would love to be a confident artist, the kind who goes on a walk and comes back with three paintings, several studies and hundreds of photos. So…I got out there to give it a try.

I enjoyed being outside, met a kayaker and several very friendly dogs. I learned you have to have a dark dark, kinda dark just won’t do. I also learned not to forget hand wipes! The painting leaves much to be desired, but the experience was positive. I will still have to talk myself into it, but I will go again.

Farmington River Plein Air, 6 x 9, Pastel Painting, August 2017

When I got home I painted the scene from memory (almost completely) and reference photos I took while onsite. I am in love with this painting!

Farmington River, 6 x 9, Pastel Painting, August 2017