Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Thanks For Listening 2013

As the year closes, let me take a moment to express my gratitude and appreciation to all of you that have made this such a great year.

For those of you that took the time to comment and share your thoughts on art, I cannot express how important your input has been. If I did not reply directly to your comment I assure you that my lack of response was either circumstances or procrastination. Whichever case, I value each and every comment.  Again my sincerest gratitude.

Have a happy and prosperous New Year,  Jim

For my loving wife, no words can express my appreciation for you, the source of my greatest happiness. How lucky a man I am. I am extremely lucky, and extremely thankful… for you.

All my love, Happy Anniversary

Explore - Question - Learn - - Enjoy, Jim

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Twisted Sisters

I like to go back to the same scenes and locations when sketching. Sometime it's to add another layer of refinement to a piece in progress or to gather more information on a new canvas. The purpose of a field sketch is to capture the essentials of a scene, and add to my inventory of knowledge. I want to paint from my experiences onsite, plus working from life is learning to see nature, which will only enhance my studio work. 

The Loblolly Pines caught my interest because of the twists and turns of the branches. I wanted to capture the simple rhythm and forms within the complex tangle of limbs and describe some of the changing aspects of light. On my second visit at this location we had a nice snow fall, which really changed my center of interest and I painted this simple sketch of the pines in snow.

The two sketches will be nice reference material in the studio. My studio paintings are derived from my Pochade box paintings, a collections of sketches, color notes and memory.  Many of the Pochade’s never make it to the “Big Stage” - that being a larger studio version, but all of them add to my understanding of painting the landscape.

Twisted Sisters 5 x 7 inches Oil on panel © Jim Serrett 
Loblolly Pines in Snow 5 x 7inches Oil on panel © Jim Serrett

Explore - Question - Learn - - Enjoy, Jim