Monday, March 18, 2019

"Point Wilson Lighthouse" oil landscape painting by Robin Weiss

"Point Wilson Lighthouse"  11x14 oil on linen panel    $800

It is inevitable that your painting will be influenced by artists you admire, workshops you take, experiments in technique that you have the courage to try and many other things but the challenge is to combine all these experiences into your own voice.  The painting above has a lot of a recent Mitch Baird workshop influence in it. Mitch is a great teacher and I would highly recommend him. I learned a lot in his class that I can apply to my painting.
  I was talking with another artist about this subject. Many times after you take an intense workshop you will notice that your work after will suffer or look a lot like the work of the artist you took the workshop from.  Don't worry to much about it and just keep painting!  Eventually your work will return to your own voice if you don't try and force it. The bits of information that stuck in the workshop will become a part of your "toolbox of knowledge" and incorporate in your work.
 In my opinion, if you are just starting out painting, you will also over time, if you don't try to force it, develop your own artistic voice.
The studio painting above also has a lot of "plein air" influence in it. That comes from painting outside from life as much as possible. Don't neglect fresh air and sunshine! Get out and paint on location. That is your best "workshop"!

This painting and a whole group of others influenced by painting on location in the Pacific Northwest is on display at the Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes Washington. Stop by and see the show if you are in town.
Scott Milo Gallery
420 Commercial Ave, Anacordes, WA 98221
360-293-6938

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