Size: 14"W x 11"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
Sometimes all you have to do is look down for subject matter when plein air painting outdoors. A lovely colorful flower patch makes for a painting bouquet.
Sandy Bennett I am completely in love with the painting process. I am prolific and unrelenting, fearless and determined. I am on a mission to complete as many paintings as I have inside of me before, God forbid, I can’t anymore. I am of the ‘kitchen sink’ school of art – whatever works - and if it doesn’t, wash it off or cover it up. “Work it til it works” as a friend once said. I paint things that grow. I am moved by nature unspoiled. I don’t do art to make the grand statement. My subjects are usually the ordinaries – roadside weeds, leaves in the water, scraggly trees. I seek to celebrate the ordinary and glorify the familiar, to make the simple profound. One of the blessings about being an artist is that I get to translate the beauty that I visualize. Our society is often moving so fast, that the casual observer is unable to freeze the gorgeous moments. If my paintings can reflect a mood or a memory – the warmth of the sun, the smell of the earth, the quiet of an early morning, then perhaps I can help people find a sense of peace and pleasure, however fleeting. I enjoy experimenting with various surfaces and media, although watercolor is my favorite. Often I begin a painting by throwing on loose washes of color and letting the uncontrolled paint lead the way. Then I begin to work back into it, pushing and pulling, as realistic images emerge. Some are spontaneous. Some are ‘late-bloomers’ and develop more slowly. Each painting takes on a life and spirit of its own. They become my many children, and I find it quite difficult to part with some of them.