When spontaneity drives the process..By Judy Feldman | www.wildemeyer.com
In my previous blog, I examined the process of creating art by planning, using reference photos and, sometimes recurring images. Joseph Young and I like to plan, but once on the canvas, we work in a different manner.
But what about the intuitive painters? The ones who pick up a brush and get going? How does that work? Here are two Wilde Meyer artists who enjoy spontaneity when painting.
Greg Dye was a professional illustrator for many years, so he had to plan and produce specific images for his clients. When he took up oil painting several years ago, he did a complete reversal of his process, focusing on loose brush strokes and a more physical style. He told me that he wants to convey his emotion and his passion for the landscape, animals and people of the West.
Indian Summer 30" x 30" oil on canvas (left)
Raven and Roses 24" x 30" oil on canvas (right)
|Morning Mountain Range
16" x 20" oil on canvas
|Fearless 48" x 48 " oil on canvas
Greg works on each painting for just two days, using a wet on wet technique. He says that he doesn't have set colors or details in mind, since to him, it's not a matter of looking right, it's a matter of "feeling" right. He says. “Each stroke of color is a journey and I embrace the mistakes to find the beauty and live in the moment of every painting created.”
In his large painting called “Fearless,” it seems like Greg has abandoned himself to his process, and let loose. I can picture him painting frenetically, working fast until the image of the fierce buffalo emerges on the canvas. It’s pretty intense!
See more paintings by Greg at Wilde Meyer Gallery.
|XO 6" x 6" acrylic on canvas
|Hens & Coop 7 " x 7" oil on canvas
|Golden 12" x 15" oil on canvas
|Gung Ho 9.5" x 16.75" acrylic on canvas
After speaking with Greg and Dana, I realize that applying paint generously is an important part of their technique. That process enables them to paint fluidly, and their brushstrokes are just as important to them as the composition and color choices. I really enjoying speaking with these wonderful artists. It’s so fascinating that we all have such different approaches and styles. It’s our visual language!