Plein air painting and Evgeni Gordiets

I recently stumbled across an artist that has really inspired me Evgeni Gordiets.

His work is beautiful, isn’t it?

I really like this quote from him, that I found on his website; “Today, for me, life and painting are one. I have no desire to follow fashion; it has no value to me. In my art, the sea, the sky, woman and child are subjects of importance, eternity. I have no passion for politics. I often use in my work, stone carved forms and water– these are symbols of eternity. I love sculpture, and I try to unite it with painting. Women, the symbol of love, mother-hood and eternity, have great importance in my art. In life, there are some things that last forever; in my work, I communicate this with the sky, water and stones.”

His paintings feel relevant to where I stand right now. I normally stick to drawing and painting cute things, portraits and more cute things but lately I have been experiencing one of those oh-so-wonderful artist’s blocks. In other words, all my cute drawings look like poo. >_>

However, one of my class assignments has been to go out to the local lake…thing (it is a fake “lake” because this IS the desert) and paint plein air (or outdoors onsite.) I’ve never really bothered with buildings or landscapes before so this was a new challenge….and it turned out surprisingly well! In fact, I am thrilled with it…..which doesn’t happen to often, ahah!

Here is the first day:

 and a few days later:

And finished!

I think this is one of my best pieces of late, and after discovering Evgeni Gordiets work and seeing how landscapes and cityscapes can have just as much  magic to them as fairies, I started wondering if I shouldn’t try painting something besides cute people.

So, I guess, stay tuned for more paintings of buildings?

I’M EXPANDING MY HORIZONS.

and until then……here is a picture of my newest USB drive (I collect cute ones XD) His name is Ozzie