“If there is a conflict in your mind between what you know and what you are seeing, paint what you see because if you don’t, the result will look like something that isn’t there.”
~ Richard Schmid
I have only begun painting seriously since 2019, after years of dabbling in drawing and a little work in watercolour, since childhood. Now, having cleared out and converted a room into a studio, overlooking the garden, I can enjoy my own painting space.
I like Richard Schmid’s credo to paint what you see, and so am luxuriating in putting onto canvas all that I see around me – from large canvas acrylic Plein Air painting to oil coloured pencil miniatures of flowers from my garden.
So far, I have taken classes at the Andre Bieler studio at Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, and a Large Canvas workshop with Debra Krakow, but otherwise am self-taught. As well as continuing with watercolour, the new-to-me mediums that I am exploring and enjoying include oil, acrylic, oil pastel, and oil coloured pencil.
~ Diane Hieatt