Tuesday, April 17, 2007

an exercise.... Something's Brewing


6x6" oil on masonite
last weekend I went to a gallery talk with a few local artists. They talked about their lives/careers/work etc etc. It was very interesting. Jim Kubiatowicz whose work I admire, was one of them and I was amazed to learn that his paintings are painted from his memory. Of course he observes constantly but when it comes to putting paint on canvas the image is coming from his mind. He told me to try it, to think of a place,a mood, a scene; then paint! So I tried it and it was a little scary at first but very fun. ( You can tell by the 'scrunchy' that my mind traveled way back...oh circa 1988)I'm definitely going to do more of it, dont know if any will make the blog, I wasnt even going to post this since it was just an exercise but I thought I'ld show what I am up to and maybe this will creep into my other work as well (that was all code for: its a cold rainy vacation week and Mom hasnt painted ANYTHING in a couple days :-) )

5 comments:

Steph said...

Glad you posted it - with the background and everything, I would have never known it was from memory. Love your scrunchy comment! Funny!

Leslie Pease said...

This is very good; especially considering from memory! Painting is brewing good things.

Debbie Miller said...

Hi Steph! Thanks Leslie and Steph for stopping by!

Kelley MacDonald said...

What a great idea! I haven't given that exercise another thought - and given my painting acheivements this week perhaps I should have! Maybe today will be the day. Thanks for the inspiration! I love the intimacy and feeling this painting evokes!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I like your people paintings Debbie, and from memory no less. I'd never have guessed. Particularly the details in the scene.