We are in the dog days of summer, twenty days before and twenty days after cirrus the Dog Star rises at the same time as the sun. Now that we got
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The usual question viewers of my paintings often ask is do I paint out in nature. From the above summer heat experience I can reflect on Van Gogh, dune, sand, bugs, and twig scratches all inflecting damage on his fresh paintings and from the safety of my studio, I can say with a firsthand experience, I prefer the studio.
But just go and paint out-of-doors on the spot itself! Then all kinds of things happen; for instance, I had to wipe off at least a hundred or more flies from the four paints you will receive, not counting the dust and sand, not counting that when one carries them across the heath and through the hedges for
several hours, some
thorns will scratch them, etc. Not counting that when one arrives on the heath
after some hours’ walk in this weather, one is tired and exhausted from the
heat. Not counting that the figures do not stand still like professional
models, and that the effects one wants to catch change with the progressing
day. W.H. Auden’s VanGogh A self-portrait
Using photos that I captured puts me back in the environment to be able to convey the moment and the experience has deeper importance. For all the artists that paint out of doors, or plein air, I can only offer my congratulations for your efforts in overcoming the challenges nature may have hurled your way.
And for the dog days of summer, well let’s remember Winter and try to carry on.
As you enjoy travels in these summer days please consider a stop to enjoy art – the creations from the artists’ soul. There are two shows for Joel F. Ellis art this summer: In mid-Michigan, downtown Lansing, I have over a dozen paintings at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, 300 S. Washington, Lansing, Michigan. And wouldn’t you know it, these are all expressions of dunes. I love dunes.
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Enjoy your art this summer,