“Queen Anne’s Lace and the Last Magical Summer”

Queen-Ann's-Lace

If “Sanctuary” was the first step towards a new way of working, “Queen Anne’s Lace and the Last Magical Summer” is the painting that convinced me that there was no turning back.

In the past I have always used reference photos, detailed sketches, and a defined plan for my work. I have always known from the start exactly what each of my paintings would look like completed before they were even begun. This way of working was feeling stale and I knew it had to change.

I started “Queen Anne’s Lace and the Last Magical Summer” with several photo references, my memories of childhood summers, and no plan or expectations. I altered and combined the photographs, sketched only a loose contour drawing, improvised, worked spontaneously, and let things happen, trusting in my artistic instincts.

This painting was a much more satisfying creative journey than I have previously experienced and I believe it proves that working from the heart can produce exceptional results.

New Work: “Sanctuary”

Sanctuary

To all following along, thank you for the encouragement and support of my new painting “Sanctuary”. I really have no idea where this path will take me artistically but that seems really exciting to me as an artist. I’ve felt for a while that my work needed to grow and agonized over how to deal with those feelings. I ultimately realized that I could contemplate this dilemma forever but couldn’t have an opinion about what I never allowed to exist. I decided to just go for it. I tried to paint less with my head and more with my heart. I tried to stop being predictable and “Sanctuary” is the result. I learn something with every painting and this one has shown me so much but also posed a lot of new questions. I have already begun a new canvas and am excited to get to work free of all the old rules and habits that held me back before.

Celebrating Spring!

The Gift, 32x48", Oil on Canvas

I celebrated a birthday over the weekend and was thinking about this painting, “The Gift”.  This time of year is perfect for a little celebrating.  It marks the beginning of spring, and the color seems to creep back into the world and back into my paintings.  I feel renewed, re-energized, and most importantly happy!

The Escape

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I got away this past weekend and came back a new person.  While I was looking forward to catching up with old friends, as last Friday got closer I became more frustrated with the idea of leaving for a few days.  My to do list was a mile long and I was beginning to resent that my painting time was being cut into by worries that not everyone had enough clean socks to pack.  Admittedly though, the farther north we drove, the more delicious the sweet abandonment of responsibility tasted.  Then a funny thing happened, in the middle of nowhere Vermont my thoughts became clearer and my decisions simpler.  By the time Tuesday rolled around and we were settling back into our normal routines things felt calmer.  I had benefitted from the fresh air and the fresh perspective.  My to do list was less intimidating.  The ideas I had for a new series of paintings were easier to articulate.  I felt renewed and more enthusiastic than ever about the work ahead.

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