Last week Susan Parrish was kind enough to post an image of my scarves and a link to my blog on hers. Thanks, Susan! Susan uses found objects to create eclectic, often whimsical ceramic and mixed media pieces. This week I am 'paying it forward' by featuring oil painter David Foster, a fellow member artist at Waverly Artists Gallery.
First, here is Susan with some of her sculptures at Village Art Circle., where we're both members ~
Now on to David! You can find more of his work on his website and blog at www.DBFosterart.com.
What are you currently working on?
I am presently working on a series of small studies beginning with small thumbnail notan sketches, 2-3 values (Black/White) and then a thumbnail color map (small spots of the main colors looking at color harmony)....then I draw with the brush my major shapes and block in the large value areas....then I work warm/cool variations within each large value group.
How does your work differ from others of its genre?
When I first began to paint I copied the process of my primary teacher, but with time, and as I studied multiple artists, my own style has started to take shape....that is an on-going evolvement, but I think what makes my work different is simply that it is mine, and it reflects those small nuances (or quirks, smile) that are me
Why do you create what you do?
I am attracted to art that reflects beauty.... a big part of my art journey has been learning to see the beauty in the simple things that cross my path in this journey of life.....beauty reflects intelligence, and intelligent design points me to a Creator, and He in turn gives my life meaning and beauty, and thus I am moved to create (paint)
How does your creative process work?
I paint for enjoyment, so I tend to paint things/scenes/people that I find interesting.....often I some connection to the scene/object/person.... maybe it is something that means something to someone I care about....or it speaks to me in some way, maybe allegorically or directly.....I try not to over think the process. When I am studying a technique, etc. I focus on that and practice, but then when I am doing a painting, I tend to relax and just let the process go where it wants to go....that is part of the real enjoyment of painting for me...it is not mechanical, but more spontaneous, and I am often pleasantly surprised by what the final product results in.
Thanks, David... I've enjoyed the visit and look forward to following your continued artistic evolution!
I'm busy painting scarves and shawls for these events! Look out for subscribers-only special offers from me closer to the dates!
- Village Art & Craft Fair, Biltmore Village, Asheville NC. August 2 - 3, Booth # 13
- Centerfest, Downtown Durham NC. Sept. 20 - 21
- FestiFall, Downtown Chapel Hill, NC. Oct. 5