Archive for August, 2019

Distant Surf

20x20x1.5

Living on the east coast of the United States I look out on the Atlantic Ocean and I’m challenged as an artist to capture its vastness. Here distant surf and changing cloud fronts create an interesting composition.

Symbolically the ocean is a sign of power and strength, due to its immensity. Observing and painting the great power of the ocean and its weather fronts is much like having a front row seat at the theater. As a plein air painter there is an urgency and need to capture the essence of your vista – it’s sparked by emotion and energy. Then the atmosphere and weather of the outdoors adds to the paintings aliveness. All this –- the vigor of life is to be conveyed onto a canvas. It is a love, and a challenge.

“The vistas of possibility are only limited by the shortness of life.”
(Winston Churchill)

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Finding a Centerline Diptych (1)

40×30

Diptych

I love to challenge myself to paint a Diptych, every now and again. Its most important that the each painting has a strong composition as well as reading as part of a pair. That pair must read harmoniously and together have an equally strong impact.

Its also for esthetic reasons as in my home the contractor decided that it was a good idea to put the thermostat right in the middle of a hallway. As a result I cant hang one big painting but a diptych works perfectly.

Two paintings work well in a master bedroom or on either side of a statement piece of furniture.

Claire J KendrickSeascape SeriesAugust 9, 20190 comments
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Finding a Centerline Diptych (2)

40×30

Diptych

I love to challenge myself to paint a Diptych every now and again. Its most important that the each painting has a strong composition as well as reading as part of a pair. That pair must read harmoniously and together have an equally strong impact.

Its also for esthetic reasons as in my home the contractor decided that it was a good idea to put the thermostat right in the middle of a hallway. As a result I cant hang one big painting but a diptych works perfectly.

Two paintings work well in a master bedroom or on either side of a statement piece of furniture.

Claire J KendrickSeascape SeriesAugust 9, 20190 comments
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Softly Whisper

36×36 Framed

The soft sky in this seascape painting sets the scene, and I can almost hear the soft hush of waves breaking on the shore. The ocean, is a constant source of inspiration and a challenge to capture. “Less is more” is the mantra and the words of my friend and mentor Anne Packard (1933) when it comes to painting. It is sage advice in the world of being an artist.

I’m not striving for an over rendered memory on canvas. I want an abstract version of the view. It is more tangible if left, a little abstract for the viewer, they can be allowed to find their place and connection.

Talking to another of my artist friends – potter Worley Faver (1938), we were debating this point. His wisdom on the subject, is that each work of art of art calls to an individual. I like that idea and have never thought of it before. Sometimes as artists we try to manage where works of art will be showcased, the right venue, but in reality we just have to be patient. Keep working. Things will unfold as they should.

 

Anne Packard – http://www.packardgallery.com/anne.html

Worley Faverhttp://faverpottery.com/

 

Claire J KendrickSeascape SeriesAugust 9, 20190 comments
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Positive Glow

30 x 30 x 1.5 Seascape | Oil on Canvas

Oil Painting on gallery wrapped canvas, painted sides ready to hang or frame.

Soft palette and a reminder of summer coastal evenings. I live near the beach and intracoastal waterways and sunrise and sunsets are amazing! Taking time to see sunrise and sunset in one day is such a gift. The intensity of the colors is almost supernatural on some occasions. I love a morning meditation or simply a moment at the end of the day to unwind.

On a lucky occasion, one doesn’t have to work too hard to achieve a painting, this painting was one of those. Sometimes I use a memory or a sketch and color notes to help guide a painting. This piece painted itself, being relaxed or in the zone, its hard to explain how that happens. I find paintings are very exiting to start – its the possibility the unknown. Its a charged active stage. Then they can go through a thoughtful detailed push, pull stage, figuring what reads, what stays what should be removed. Then if I get a glimpse of something exciting it helps me strive for something. It can take hours, days, weeks and on a couple of paintings its taken me a year or more to arrive at a place of contentment. Some paintings just get lost along the way and never make it. When I walk the beach and see the turtle nests I liken the painting process it to the sad probability that not all the eggs are going to hatch. Sometimes not every painting will make it. Its just that way, if you are a painter and the painting process matters to you, this is just part of the deal.  This painting just felt good from the get go!

Claire J KendrickSeascape SeriesAugust 9, 20190 comments
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