Sunday, August 29, 2010

Finally, A Break In The Weather!









We finally had a break in the month long heat wave. I think we had near to over 100 degrees for over a month and last week we finally got a cold front that lowered the temps to the low 90's to upper 80's. Compared to what we have had I almost had to put on a fleece jacket and ear muffs. We gathered up a group that consisted of Roger Brown, Beverly Evans, Jason Saunders, Anne Blair Brown and myself and rode the backroads in Maury county and painted for two days and that was the first outdoor painting I think any of us had tried in awhile due to the weather. We had a small map that Jason had from his gig as a Bethel volunteer fireman and he navigated with "left here, right here, OK left here." We saw some unbelievably beautiful painting country in the area between Columbia and Mount Pleasant and need to get back ASAP.
When I paint with other very capable artists and see how they do what they do I always come away questioning my techniques and methods. I have found that every artist I know seems to have a different way of getting from point A to point B and after watching them I am tempted to try some of it. Use a different panel, different brushes, different palette, different method, but I have gone through all of that and it brought me here, where I am right now. Eventually I know it will change again because as an artist that constant search for more knowledge and skill will have an impact and pique my curiosity to the point I will change, bend and flex as I acquire my new skills and knowledge. That's what keeps this journey sooo exciting. What in the world will I be doing a year from now?


4 comments:

Lynn Lancaster said...

you handle the greens very well. I find the greens in the landscape to be difficult to master. They obviously are not green green. Zorn's use of yellow achre and black to create green seems to work well. I too live in an agricultural area and our subjects are very similar. great paintings

greggart said...

Kevin, I wouldn't change a thing you do. Your work is solid and your brush work is what actually really captures me. However, I know how you feel sometimes the hardest thing an artist does is not actually paint the subject but be him or herself.

C. Ousley said...

Fly Tennessee 2'nd from bottom. Recognize the church and lumber yard

C. Ousley said...

Painting and gettin chiggers!