Themes Progress Notes
I have used themes in my painting journey for many long years. Some of them are occasional and long term. I have had a red tree themes series and a night palms themes series for about 20 years. I go back to the series about once a year for a couple of paintings. The night palms series has been quite popular for me. I do various sizes of themes as well.
When I was a young painter, I could not understand why an artist like Monet would go back to themes over and over again. It wasn’t until I began to mature as a painter that I saw the fascination with a particular subject. It is a drive to get it right, that never quite happens. My cloud themes paintings are a perfect example. I have painted hundreds of cloud paintings, from 3×4 inches to 40×60 inches. I am what you would call obsessed with getting them right, but I never will. That is the fun of the painting process. There is always the masterpiece around the corner.
Painting in themes is a wonderful way to learn how to paint. The exploration is ongoing. My tree and cloud paintings have improved greatly over the last 20 years and painting them often give me a look and timeline into my progress. I use three different mediums for the series I work on and that helps me to learn different methods and techniques.
Another advantage to working in series of themes is that collectors who like those themes will know where to go when they want a painting. I am well known as a tree painter and have had many commissioned paintings of favorite trees by my collectors. Some people like house portraits of their homes. My collectors enjoy paintings of their favorite tree. I once did a painting of a tree out in a field for a collector. It was a tree she saw and passed by on her way to work each day. She loved it, so wanted it in her living room. I went out to the field, took multiple reference photos and did the painting. Neither of us knew who owned the land. My favorite tree painting I’ve ever done is the portrait of the Serenity Oak at Fair Oaks estate in Evinston, FL. It is still in my studio.
One year I did a series of paintings honoring heritage trees around the South, like the Angel Oak and the El Rio Cottonwood in Texas. It was a marvelous experience. I’ve done tree paintings from 10.00 – 6,000.00. If you want a tree painting or clouds painting, I’m your girl!
Themes are a wonderful way to hone your skills as a painter.
More musings for artist and collectors to come…..
Deviled Egg Dip
1 dozen large eggs
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
Salt & pepper
Paprika for dusting
How to make it:
Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
In a large saucepan, cover the eggs with cold water; make sure the water is a good inch above the eggs. Add in the vinegar. Bring to a rapid boil. Cover the saucepan and remove it from the heat. Let it stand for 15 minutes. Drain the water from eggs and cool them under cold running water. Shake the pan vigorously to crack the shells. Let the eggs cool in the water.
Shell the eggs and halve them lengthwise. Coarsely chop half the egg whites and transfer them to a large bowl. Add the remaining white and all of the yolks to a food processor along with the mayo and mustard. Process until smooth. Scrape the mixture into a bowl and blend with the chopped egg whites. Season with salt and pepper. Can be made ahead and refrigerated overnight