Siri, "What is a series?"
If you ask Siri for a definition, she will say:"I will look up 'sere, seared or Sears ' for you".....leaving you to wonder why your asking intimate questions of a "person" you have never met.But what you want is to understand that a "Series" is any number of things that are arranged to happen sequentially and is a set of similar objects that involve the same characters, setting or subject matter."
If successful movies can have sequels................................................
......................................................Why not give painting a series a try?
As artists, it is our job to learn how to see and understand design composition,mood, creativity and color. One of my favorite ways throughout the years to improve my craft & artistic knowledge has been to paint an image several times.
Are you wondering if painting a series gets boring?
No, I , like many artists before me, look to create variables with each work in a group of paintings.
Today let me introduce you to another artist, who also painted in series and happens to be one of my favorites.
Above are two examples of painting in series by the great Vincent Van Gogh.
Do these paintings by Van Gogh inspire you as they do me? Why? Is it because there is such stunning beauty in looking at a simple object like a vase of flowers.
Do you recall the haystack paintings of Claude Monet shown in my last blog?
Now lets look at the haystacks one more time.
11 paintings all of the same object each one painted at a different time of day, season or from a uniquely different perspective.
The question to ask yourself if you want to paint in a series is simple...WHAT IF I..? then complete your question by looking and imagining how the object's appearances would change if you ....
painted the view from your window in the morning,
or painted your landscape in the evening.
You could also have your flowers on a table surrounded by warm colors, like the bright yellows in Van Gogh's "Sunflowers".
What if your flowers were on a table next to a wall that was painted with cool colors?
How about asking yourself WHAT IF I.... change my painting from a vertical format to a horizontal ? How will your painting look differently then?
Painting in a series is not difficult
I have my favorite subjects that I enjoy painting repeatedly. Following I would like to share some of my paintings that are now part of a personal series about my love of gardens.
It all started in 1997 when I went to Selby Gardens in Sarasota Florida.
Walking around the gardens I spotted this woman diligently working in the sunshine. She has become the protagonist of several of my paintings, now.
The first time I created a work inspired by my visits to Selby Gardens, I was working with pouring transparent watercolors exclusively. I used only "Pthalo blue, hansa yellow and alizarin crimson".
I guess, my final question for you now is: What will you paint next?
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