|A New Season 20x 16 Oil by James Swanson|
Traveler for the painting was Heather May
Being creative and staying that way are two different things. In my world keeping inspired and motivated to create art is a full time gig. Finding new ways to push yourself is a battle in it's self. That is why one of the ways that I keep pushing is to enter juried exhibitions. These exhibitions are where you are really being judged by your peers. To be accepted into one of these shows can be exhilarating to your work, but not being accepted can be a little devastating also. At least for a little while.
Mackinac Island is off the Northern coast of state of Michigan. It's a place where time stands still. No motorizes vehicles are allowed on the Island. Everyone there gets around by either their legs or by horse draw carriages. The place is vintage.
This year the art exhibition on the island is about the places on Mackinac Island. I know a few travelers who have been to the island, but I wanted a different view for this one.
|Photos from Heather May's Blog|
Meet a New Traveler to the project Heather May. My inspiration for the painting "A New Season". Heather has a wonderful blog "mackinacislandgal" that she does about the island from a locals view all year around.
" I live on Mackinac Island year-round, and work as a candy maker in the summer and a fine arts teacher in the winter, capturing memories through a blog as I go along."
|Heather's photo from Mackinac Island|
|Here are the painting steps to "A New Season"|
This is the start of the painting done after a sketch and the design were figured out.
It's just a little bit of Burnt Sienna and oil brushed on a linen panel with the design painted in.
|As always with my paintings I start painting in the darkest colors first. Here I have started painting in the structure of the ice and some of the water around it.|
|Next I put in the ice. Using the greyed out part of my palette colors I was able to loosely brush them in.|
|Done. With the few corrections made the painting is finished!|
Details from the paint
I love how this painting turned out. I think it's very exciting and has a lot of beautiful color movement to it.