Mary Grden, Fine Art Oil Painter www.baywoodgallery.com
Oil painting is to me much like writing is to an author. Once the paint is put to the canvas, many more than one, can enjoy. As a self-taught oil painter it can be a long road to that feeling, you have arrived, with your art.
One of the most important trials for me was learning to sketch. I could mix colors and paint as an impressionist, but my heart was in realism. Perspective, for a realist, is an essential part of every painting. This, too, I learned from reading and teaching myself the fine art of perceiving depth and perspective. Soon I was sketching and drawing and on my way.
It was my passion for painting that allowed me to learn what I did not know. Mixing all of my color is the first stage of a painting including the values of each. Fine tuning the values is what creates the shadows for the side of a building to oppose the front and tells us if the sun is to rise or set. Perspective is enhanced by color values as well and allows us to see the realistic view of an open window or door, winding paths, steps, water and so much more.
Composition, is an important gift to an Artist. If you have an eye for it from the beginning, sketching and painting are very rewarding. The measure of success, is the love or the passion you have for what you do. I never thought about money when I went to a show or took pieces into a gallery. At my first show, I went with a borrowed tent and easels. I did not think I would sell anything, but was fascinated by knowing people were actually interested in my art.
Many of my works depict the Greek Islands of Mykonos and Santorini. After traveling there I fell in love with the architecture and people. Venice, Italy, boats and water subjects are also favorites of mine. Commissioned work is rewarding; being able to create through the mind of another.
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