The winter weather, here on Whidbey Island, pretty much restricts me to studio work. Rain, cold , and dampness does not go well with either acrylic painting or my sometimes raging arthritis. Even our two German Shepherds, Maggie Mae and Leo, who normally live their lives in the orchard, prefer these days to be in the house. In this quiet time there is a lot of work to do here in the studio. I have no where nearly completed the ideas brought back from my summer road trip and even the gray shades of a Pacific Northwest Winter provide some interesting ideas.
I have been working on a series of small format (8 x 10 and 9 x 12 inch) color sketches some of which I show here. Although finished in their own right, many of these are the test platforms for larger pieces. These are framed and ready to hang. For those who love fine art but have budget concerns (don’t we all?), I’ve priced these at $49.00 including free shipping in the continental United States. You can find them on my web-site ( www.gherrytaylor.com )in the “Small Pieces gallery.
Summer will find me on the road again but this year I will be taking a number of shorter runs primarily in Western Washington along the coast and through the San Juan Islands. My old motor home purchased last year and currently undergoing some renovations will take part in these travels. I was taken by its great windows from which it is possible to paint even when it is raining our doors. I will return to California and Yosemite again soon, though, most likely in spring, 2014.
I, as most artists do, study the work of many other working artists, past and present. The reasons for this are many but the primarily we do this as part of our training much like a writer learns to write by reading other writers and I am influenced heavily by a number of artists. Recently I came across a DVD by David Dunlop in which he showed an interesting way of painting a landscape. My wife, Donna, seeing my interest in this brought home a Bob Ross DVD for me to watch. Now, I hardly paint like Bob Ross but after, shall I say maturing as an artist?, I find his methods create astounding results. His intent, I believe, was to make us think painting was easy and perhaps for Bob it was. Although his tools and colors seem to be the opposite of what most of us claim to use he still could create paintings that one had to admire. I know I have learned things from his teaching. I think it pays to keep an open mind and an open eye.
These paintings are also listed on e-Bay. Search for Gherry Taylor to see my current listings.