Sunday, September 26, 2010
Lynne Windsor interview, part two
Early Morning, below Gordes 12x24 oil by Lynne Windsor
Lynne's interview continues:
L-What inspires you to paint?
Lynne- Honestly, I just love painting! I love everything about painting. I feel as if I was deprived for a long time now I am allowed to do it. I have so much to do. I wish I could clone myself!
L- How do you keep motivated when it gets tough in the studio?
Lynne- Well, I pace. I get up and go to the garden and pull weeds. Sometimes I take a break and get something to eat. Sometimes, I give up...when it's not working I just stop. I give myself migranes when I continue the battle.
L- What is your daily routine?
Lynne- I am up and working in the studio by 10:00. If I am not I start feeling anxious, sort of edgy. I need to be there. I paint till lunch time. A few days a week I go play tennis with my good friend Sue, another English woman. It's mad English women in the noon day sun! Exercise is so good for the brain. I try to make time to do some each day. After lunch/tennis I am back to work in the studio.
L- People admire your ability to create the mood of the landscape, a special place, very dreamy. Would you summarize how you do this both from a technical standpoint and a mental standpoint?
Lynne- When I paint I always start out with an underpainting of burnt sienna. I like the warmth it provides. Next I add the dark/shadows. Now the push and pull begins. I work mostly with opaque paint in the beginning. I am not a painter to intentionally use the same color in all different parts of the canvas.
I do keep the entire painting soft. I will actually fuzz it and blend so that not hard lines exist. I use glazes to gray down the distance and warm up the foreground.
Each painting has a "mother color." And I find burnt sienna to be very helpful tool to "kill the brightness."
My palette is somewhat traditional- cobalt blue, cerelean blue, ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, cad yellow deep, cad red light, cad yellow light, white and two new favorites: garnet red (Lefranc) and Williamsburg's permanent crimson. I also use the transparents: indian yellow and transparent brown oxide.
You may look forward to -getting ready mentally and more in Wednesday's blog post. In the meantime check out Lynne's website and blog. You are in for a treat!