Artistic Process

 

My pointillist oil paintings are a marriage of low tech and high tech.  But what makes them so distinctive is my mastery of the low tech – oil painting – and my feeling for color and light.  I constantly wander around my world in a state of wonder and appreciation for the beauty and light around me.  It changes subtly with each step and each minute.  I find myself constantly inspired by the color, the light and the energy of the landscape.  It is a meditative experience for me, reminding me constantly of the Magnificence and Power of God.  I wish to portray the world as energy, which it is, and pointillism is how I do that in such a satisfying way.  I take a short movie of each scene I find inspiring and email it to myself.  Once home, on my computer, I download the movie snippets and stop them at certain points and do a grab of what I see as the best scenes or perspectives.  Then I open the still shot in Photoshop and get creative with cropping and adjusting color.  I am especially adept with the cloning tool and will often remove whole elements (such as telephone poles and wires) or put elements in place (such as a sailboat positioned just so). When I get the image to the point where I am loving it, I print it on 14 oz. (heavy) archival canvas with archival inks. I then varnish the whole under painting with a medium I mix myself of linseed oil, stand oil and turpentine and let it dry for a day or so.  Now I am ready to paint!  Once I start painting it is very difficult for me to stop.  All of my paints, brushes and palettes are set out on a large table.  The painting itself is on a large, felt covered board so that I can easily move it around into different positions and angles while I am painting.  Up to eight months of the year I paint outside on my large shaded deck overlooking the Schuylkill River.  It is fantastic ventilation, which is important if you are using oil paints and turpentine!  As I paint each dot and stroke of color the painting comes alive with texture and nuances of color that a photograph could never convey.  Seurat would have been very jealous of some of the tools I utilize to create my refined pointillism paintings!