Saturday, May 7, 2011

Acrylic painting on canvas plans.

I will be takinfg an advanced class on how to create a series of  semi realistic to abstract paintings using the local area of Ohinemutu as a reference point.
This is the process
The first step is to take the photos of the area to get a feel for the essence of the place.
These are the important things to me.

                                            Ohinemutu church on the shores of Lake Rotorua                  


                                                 The carvings on the meeting house

The angels that surround and protect the area


                                                   the perfect view of Mokoia Island

The passing of the lakeland Queen paddle steamer

                                The carvings protect the white graves that lie above the ground

and watch over

                                                                  the ancestors

                                                                    A peaceful

                                                  and powerful  place

and the  Te Arawa people  who live there are very welcoming.
They are happy for tourists to wander around.

Then I would do a brainstorming map on a piece of paper, writing down my key  ideas and words.

After that  I'd do some quick  thumb nail sketches
Then I would  start painting.

I would be painting the spirit of the place, not a photographic depiction and i would be concentrating on having fun and feeling free.

I would do a series of three to five and I  would expect out of all of them I would really like one,  really hate one and be feeling ok about the others. If I loved all five that would be a miracle but who says miracles can't happen around angels?

Creative Quotes  of the day

Pay attention to your dreams - God's angels often speak directly to our hearts when we are asleep. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

Insight is better than eyesight when it comes to seeing an angel. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

If one looks closely enough, one can see angels in every piece of art. ~Terri Guillemets


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