I have completed Ranch F. One of the alphabetical ranches on the Pt Reyes National Seashore. I will varnish it in the next day or so. It can be purchased form my website www/gherrytaylor.com.
For those of you who are interested in seeing my work in person and who will be visiting Whidbey Island this November, some of my paintings of Whidbey Island will be shown at the Sno-Isle Library in Freeland. The show will run from November 2, 2012 through November 29, 2012. If you are in the Freeland area, please stop by.
The Sno-Isle Library is very supportive of local artists and I am honored and delighted to be chosen to display my work there.
The library is located at 5495 Harbor Avenue
As some of you already know, I have been placing my small pieces (8 x 10 inches for the most part) on eBay. this has been part of an on-going strategy to create an internet presence for my art-work. At the end of July I inadvertently placed a major piece (Cameron Road Barn) on eBay at a much reduced value. It was not my intention to mislead anyone visiting my web-site about the value of that painting. I valued it at $595.00 on my web-site but erroneously placed a $149.00 “Buy Now” value on eBay with a starting bid of $49.00.
I am very disturbed by this mistake and how badly this value difference has reflected on me and my business practices. I have subsequently pulled this piece from my web-site and will repost it on eBay under the July auction terms. If anyone is interested (still) please bid on it on eBay.
I apologize for my lack of attention to what I was posting on eBay and will do better in the future. The painting is shown here:
I brought back a lot of material from my summer road trip and am now working my way through the photos, sketches, water colors, and memories. I was particularly taken by the other-wordly atmosphere I found at the Pt Reyes National Seashore and the alphabet named ranches found along the road out to the Pt Reyes lighthouse. Currently on my easel is the preliminary layout of Ranch ‘F’.
In general my process is to make on-site pencil or wash sketches, take photos (digital), and look at the subject long enough to burn the feeling of the scene into my psyche. Once back in the studio, I sift through the images (paper, computer, memory) looking for a ‘key’ to a painting that will resonate with my memory of the place. I don’t always find the ‘key’ and sometimes I find it only after long hours or days of looking, painting stuff in and painting stuff out. (One of the advantages of acrylics is: Once dry it is easy to paint over and it dries quickly.)
Ranch “F” seems to be one of the “search for the key” paintings. I know it is there: It is just a matter of finding it among all those stressed and wind-blown trees. I usually start by putting too much in and now I’m trying to take things out to give me that windy day at Ranch ‘F’.
Ranch ‘F’ – trees on left painted out, trees on right strengthened
Stay posted. We’ll see if