Good painters don’t merely re-create what
is in front of
them. An experienced artist knows how to create a successful painting no
what situation or model he or she is presented with. Of course, this
often comes after years of
practice and experimentation—as well as the development of a unique
voice—but there are some basic characteristics that all good paintings
Jacqueline Kamin paints with a
sculptural sensibility that isn’t at all foreign to her practice.
Earlier in her career she spent time as a bronze bust sculptor.
“Working with sculpture is a lot of fun,” Kamin says. “It is very
tactile and organic, but it takes a toll physically, and you aren’t
responsible for the whole process unless you have your own foundry.”
When I’m landscape painting I’m always drawn to the curious, in-between
places where the outdoors and indoors meet. This could be an
ivy-smothered barn that almost looks like it is disappearing into the
landscape, or an ocean view from an open window. The places where
architecture and the natural world collide make a composition
eye-catching and compelling because they integrate elements that we
usually think of as distinct and separate. Bringing them together
creates a tension that some of the landscape paintings I like best have
Artists are the sharpest of observers, attuned to a person's passing
gesture or the play of light and shadow on a building façade—but not
everything that catches our eye is a painting waiting to happen. For
Utah watercolorist Joseph Alleman, the stories that hold his interest are reflections of his passions and his environment.
With summer in full swing, I've been spending as much time as
possible outdoors, going to concerts and plays, walking from place to
place when I do my errands, and just finding every excuse for an
outdoor excursion. Landscape painting is another perk of the season.
There's something invigorating about stepping outside and sharing space
with your subject matter--breathing the same air, seeing the same light,
and having an in-the-moment experience with the landscape.