As an Artist at one time or another,
I've thought I can do better than that or how could I have made it better.
Thankfully the imagination kicks in, and somehow it all becomes clear.
The painting has become easier, but each painting still tests your knowledge
I've always painted in a large format
and always painting Native American and Wildlife subjects. A couple of
years ago all that changed for me. I had moved to Oklahoma from Texas and
fell in love with the true native spirit there. While there I had the opportunity
to view all sorts of Native American art, with all the symbolism and sacred
meanings behind each piece.I to have some Native American heritage, and
it has always pulled me towards that type
of art. Soon after I got there I almost immediately started my first feather
I think it might have been a little
easier for me to adapt to painting on feathers than for some others because
of my many years as an illustrator, in which I had the opportunity to work
in most types of painting media. The feather Art is so different from any
other, first of all you have a very limited painting area and next you
have to deal with the feather itself. The feather can be a tough surface
to paint on,so I just prepared them the way I would any painting. I use
gesso as my under coat and only apply it where I will be painting. It gives
me a smooth surface plus it keeps the
feather together for me. Some artists
like to use acrylic,but I still love to use my oils. I wanted to create
more than just a painted feather,I wanted to create a feather painting.
I hope that anyone that looks at my feathers appreciates the time and effort,and
detail I have put in each piece. Since that time, I have moved back
to my home state of Texas and have stuck with the feather paintings exclusively.
Each feather presents it's own challenge
of expression, and that is what painting is all about for me.
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