Fallen Leaf

Brian Bailey, A Walk to Fallen Leaf

Brian Bailey, A Walk to Fallen Leaf, Oil on Canvas, 8″ x 10″, © 2015

I have been drawing and painting everyday for quite awhile now and I can feel my work changing.  I can feel my relationship to painting changing and my insights feel more focused and tangible.  I have a degree in art and have spent years creating and thinking about art but, in a way, I feel like I just woke up.  I’ve spent a lot of hours reading about painting recently and, at times, I’m shocked by the things that never occurred to me. It can feel like there is an overwhelming amount to learn but this is also the thought that’s most energizing.  There is always something to learn and there are always insights that are not obvious until you make a connection with someone else’s perspective.  I feel more excited about reading than at any other time I can remember.

My latest efforts have been in oil and mostly inspired by landscape.  My wife and I went to Lake Tahoe for a wedding last weekend and managed to fit in a short hike to Fallen Leaf Lake.  It was beautiful, and I came home with many new photographs.  With this latest painting, I’m using a slightly heavier impasto and I think I’ll continue down that road, building some thicker surfaces. Thanks for taking a look and your comments are always appreciated.

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Art Show, Painting, Learning, and More Painting

The year is off to a great start! On Friday, my wife and I attended our first art show in the bay area that includes some of my work. The show is called “Impulse” and is up through January 31 at the Arc Gallery in San Francisco.  I submitted two paintings and was very pleased with the turnout for Friday’s reception.

This experience also made me aware of the San Francisco Artist Network that offers a number of services to bay area artists.  They conduct a lecture series addressing many areas of concern for artists and I’m going to attend my first one later this evening.  I’m looking forward to this and finding more opportunities to keep learning.  I know that I need to keep refreshing my process with new information to keep it all moving.

Other than that, I’m just painting, drawing, and reading about art.  I love painting outside and lately the weather has been beautiful, so here is a painting that I did outdoors last week.

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