The benefits of travel are many. It can create relaxation, excitement, knowledge, curiosity, new tastes and culinary delights, and visual enjoyment. (OK, weight gain, jet lag, empty wallet, too!) For an artist, all of the above, but also a challenge to incorporate new images you have experienced into your painting style. You may possibly also change your painting style a bit.
I LOVE painting trillium, wildflowers, gardens, rocky shores, Door County, etc., but on a few trips recently I have encountered completely different subjects. How invigorating it is to figure out a way to do this in a technique that is still pleasurable! I returned a few weeks ago from the Canadian Rockies. No misty mountains in Wisconsin! No glaciers or emerald lakes! The subjects are so lovely it is compelling to paint them. I did a small journal but ran out of time, so I am trying to make those memories last in watercolor.
I went to Spain a few years ago, but am still painting from that trip. In “White Village, Comares, Spain” I wanted to capture the buildings cascading down the hill, but do it in a more suggestive manner…to eliminate the pain of carefully drawing every one. I decided to add a permanent marker to indicate some of the details without overworking the paint. I often do that while plein air painting, which I mainly do on trips.
Because I am a prolific photographer I bring many images home, so the pleasure of travel and the opportunity to relive and capture special moments in watercolor can go on for many years. Even at home I can paint the world!
Show opens Saturday, July 16, 2016 / 10am – 1pm