Thursday, December 22, 2016

My Montana

I just finished this painting and it is without a doubt my all time favorite.

The painting is on canvas paper because it started out as a self designed training exercise. Thing is, I should know better because once I get started things just take on a life o their own. What I was about was experimenting with different brush strokes.

The other challenge; I was wanting to try using just the three primary colors, plus titanium to mix them with. I had read some artists do this exclusively and I wanted to give it a go. Seemed impossible to me before I tried. I cannot believe I was able to mix up such beautiful colors just from those three. It's totally amazing.


I can't begin to tell you how much I love this painting. The colors. The brush stokes. The subject. This painting truly is My Montana in my childlike heart. What a blessing and gift it is to be able to create something like this for yourself.

It matters not what anyone else thinks. It's all about my joy. And, this painting fills me with nothing but. Oh, how I love my Montana!

©Walker Barnard

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Winter Is Here and I've Got a Hankering to Paint!

I'm trying to paint a scene I saw down in the Bitterroots this fall on the Tin Cup Trail. It is vexing me at the moment.

One of the real challenges for a beginner painter is that most everything thing you try to do you've never done before. It will be nice when, someday, I have a library of paintings that I can refer to get ideas as to how I did something in the past.

Anyway, I was trying to figure out what the problem was with my paint not sticking on already dried paint. As I always do with my experiments, once I've done the experiment I can't just let the canvas go to waste. I save every little dab of paint in little paint pots and this is when I use them. The colors are all a mish-mash and I couldn't recreate them if I tried.

On this particular experimental canvas I let the brush fly to the music of Suzanne Chiani. I'm quite fond of her work. It's New Age and it moves me. It moved my brush too!

I can't think of anything to call it. Maybe I should call it Suzanne?

Hopefully, one fine day I will have my Tin Cup Painting done. Then again maybe not because I have this thing in my craw to do something in black and white. It's so great to be able to do as you please on a whim!

There is a reason I express my gratitude each and everyday!

©Kinsey Barnard