A Shift in Perspective

I've joined an Artist Atelier to study oil painting with whom I consider to be some of the world's most masterful painters. That this is even an option is one of the awesome benefits that come with living in New York. I've been studying portrait painting under the renowned painter, Mary Beth McKenzie. Her work can be seen in a dozen museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art here in New York. 

Though I'm loving them, at this time, I don't think this is the right venue to show the nudes that I've been working on in class. I did, however, want to share with you a floral that I painted a few weeks back. It's really the first of its kind and style for me - less abstract, but still expressionistic. 

If I had to explain how this new style is being born within me - other than being guided by Mary Beth and being influenced by the Atelier -  I think the simplicity of my reason for it would be surprising; I've learned to set up a painter's palette more effectively. Could it really be so simple? I'll also say here, in painting my large-scale abstracts I don't think this new palette arrangement would help in the least; abstract and figurative work really come from two different places within me, and two very different physical palette/studio set ups. 

Though serious about my craft and my process of creation, I don't get too sentimental about or attached to my artwork. I never have a problem parting with them and am always happy to sell them and relish that they have a new life of their own in my client's wonderful homes. However, I'm finding that works that mark a shift in me as an artist are a bit more precious to me and therefore harder to separate with. So maybe this one will stay with me for a little while longer...

That being said, I'm working on a few new series for RRNY, so please stay tuned! I'm excited to refresh and renew the works that are on here for you - including more expressionistic florals. 

Wishing you a life of full bloom this summer, friends!

~Rachael