America is a land of rich diversity that extends throughout our
landscapes, cities, and regions. I'd say that one of the most
distinctive places we have is Cape Cod. Now, being a born-and-raised
Southern girl, I have always romanticized the northern coasts and
beaches because they always look so postcard perfect for idyllic summer
getaways with their sandy beaches, tumbling beach grass, and towering
Vermillion, crimson, scarlet, fuchsia—the color red comes in so many
different shades. And of all the colors in the spectrum, it’s the most
easily visible. It’s also the hottest of the warm colors and has even
been proven to raise blood pressure and respiration rates. No matter
the hue, if you paint it red, it will command attention.
As much as the stereotype of the solitary painter working alone and
shutting him- or herself off from the world makes artists seem
mysterious and cool, I’ve found that artists tend to be fairly social
creatures, and their cool factor isn’t lessened by their sense of
community. Sometimes this is situational—you are in a painting or
drawing workshop or class, and you swap stories and commiserate and
encourage your fellow students because you are working through the same
issues and assignments.
Over and over again I hear artists cooing about the thick richness
of oil paints and its appealing spreadability, and yes, all of that is totally true.
But artist Bev Jozwiak is giving oil a run for its money in terms of buttery appearance
and saturated colors, and she’s doing it with watercolor.
I’m starting this year by reassessing my approach to painting and
recommitting to more concentrated studio time. I don’t necessarily feel
that I want to completely revamp my process, but there are a few old
habits that I want to break and a few new ones I want to instill. I’ve
found that the more people I tell about my plans, the more likely I am
to follow through, so here are my painting resolutions for the New Year: