Hi Pat! Thought I'd have a quick browse in your gallery. Sometimes it's good to have another closer look. I love how you paint flowers, and they are what I noticed first. This is really lovely, and it's a different subject from your usual. I love the colours and how you've handled the subject. You've captured the feeling of the reef (it's a painting, not a copy of the photo).
I will have to try something like this. (more loose and free, and more impressionistic) Thanks for the inspiration. Yes, I agree, nature is wonderful and magical. Isn't that why we want to paint it, to express our love for our subject...? You do it well.
I'm delighted you like my coral reef! Thanks a million for the !
Yes, if you like diving or snorkeling then I think you should have a go I had a lot of fun with my "underwater paintings" - I sort of painted them in my head while floating over the reefs, then out of the water for some quick sketches and notes. OK, a camera would surely have been easier, but I've given up on underwater photography; you need a hell of a lot of lighting equipment to get good shots.
Oh this is even better...you painted it directly from life from observation and sketches. You are a purist and total original. I was figuring you used someone else's reference materials. I know it would be difficult to get photos of the reef unless you have special photoequipment. I suppose you could also get some photos at an aquarium, which is something I would do, along with various reference books.
I was wondering how long you've been painting, and if you studied art formally, or are self taught. In other words how did you get so good at it, other than practice and hard work?
You are a doll! I don't know about me being an original, but my paintings are, definitely! I'm very wary about using references from sources other than my own - copyright law and all that... With the exception of your shell challenge I don't think there's a single painting in my gallery based on other peoples material.
As for my "art education" - I've never seen the inside of an art academy. I only discovered that I could paint in my late 20s when, as a joke, I signed up for Chinese brush-painting lessons. Found out I was pretty good, stuck to it for 8 years, and even learned some Mandarin and Chinese calligraphy.
In the end though I got bored with it - wanted to paint what I saw, not imaginary Chinese landscapes or copies of old masters and such, but for the life of me I just couldn't combine non-Chinese subjects with Chinese painting technique - everything I tried turned into the worst kind of "naive art". So I switched to watercolours - mostly by following the advice in books, trial and error, but also with a bit of help from two "pros", one in Singapore, the other in France.
But watercolour painting was always a kind of on-off thing - this was a very busy time in my life, kids, housework, other interests/ commitments - I'm sure you know how it goes.
I've only started painting "seriously" 6 years ago, when we moved back to Manila... to a house big enough to set up a studio and (even more important, but don't tell anyone ) my "bevy of servants" as one of my friends likes to call it. Of course she's just jelous!