Artwork by Vivian Mosley
I call my Art, Work in Progress. When I am working in oils, I tend to see each painting as a learning experience. I use what I discover in the next. For example, I did a study of light and dark and fabric, I used that for the next painting that had a tablecloth, another that had fabric draping in the background. I worked with an Imprimatura layer that I worked from dark to light and discovered that the process worked wonderfully, but adapted it to another painting that reflected more light.
I am expanding my painting from using stock photos to setting up my own still life, and working on a portrait that I took the photo. Working from life the eye can see much more than what is captured in the lens of a camera. I choose each subject and challenge myself to push my knowledge further and further, I strive to create a piece that is photo-realistic, a big change from my collage art!
My art is changing, from simple pottery painting, my first painting using the Flemish technique, to painting subjects like bread (much harder than I could imagine) to portraits. I am not satisfied with a flower in a vase anymore, I want to capture the still life and draw the viewer in to discover details that were carefully put in to create the illusion that it is real. My first attempts were ok, but I am my worst critic and keep pushing to attain the goal I set for myself.
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso
Many times in my life Art has been my best therapy. You can start with anguish, or anger, or joy and find yourself working in a frenzy until your soul calms down, The dust, the dirt, the stress of life are forgotten and you lose yourself in the creative process.