It has been awhile since I have been inspired to create a new painting. I have two large watercolours started because I lost momentum in the last work. Generally I work on one piece at a time in that way mood and momentum can be kept at an honest pitch. The assembly line method has the danger of bringing the same feeling to each painting hampering the opportunity to improve with each work by creating individual flavours.
The new painting has invigorated the creative process and the renewed energy will transfer to both paintings. The included images show the transition from background to foreground.
I work on stretched 156 lb cold pressed Archers watercolour paper on 3/4" primed plywood. Unprimed wood may tint your paper from the back. I have had too many failures with taping the paper to the board so I use a power stapler and staple every inch around the wetted paper. Soaking the paper for 10 minutes does the trick for me. The paper is so heavy that when it dries the tapes snap. It takes a bit of time to get the staples out but a rubber hammer and a filed down screwdriver work very well.
All this is working toward an Art show April 23-25 in Edmonton.... more information to come
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Take care of yourselves and know you are worth it. Don't let the events dictate who you are. A slap on the back and a head noogy from me to you.
So back at it. In the next few months I will be shamelessly promoting my art show in April, "There is Still Life"...2022AC (after covid). The next blog will deal with the details and timing.
The painting below "Crossing Over" is dedicated to my mother who crossed over in March and to all that have similar losses.
Watercolours by international award winning artist Darcy Polny
There is a story to be seen in everything created by nature and man that takes the viewer on a personal journey. Empty perfume bottles with glass birds that were lifted by a gentle hand from their perch. A fragrance released to the air that signaled an exotic person had just entered or left the room. Weary storm windows that once protected families from the elements or provided an avenue for a late night rendezvous. Complex flowing tapestries over glass reflect glimpses of busy lives. Female figures console each other in this time, or perhaps a mother and daughter reunion. Light passes through antique glass vases spilling out long colorful shadows that give them a rich new life. My paintings are more than still lifes, they say to the viewer... “There’s still life.” You just have to see things through new eyes.
The work I am doing now is the culmination of everything that I have done and everything that has made me who I am. Every illustration for clients and everything that my wife and I have done or collected in our lives all play a roll in what fuels my creative voice.
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View the paintings at www.darcyleopoldpolny.ca
Two most common sizes are: large image 29" x 43" framed 37" x 52"
and medium image size 27" x 21" framed 37" x 30" varying horizontal or vertical.
All Paintings are framed, acid free matt, clearview non glare uv protection, museum quality glass