This oil painting on canvas exemplifies my passion for painting places. An artwork of this particular scene draws me in and takes me there. The sights, sounds, and scents of the location come to life as my memory is jostled and I am whisked to the special place that inspired this creation. Just as an author transports you to places using words, my desire is to whisk you away so that you can savor the places that will allow you to leave your current situation and escape to the location of his/her dreams and imagination every time you view the artwork.
This oil painting is from a photograph that I took while entranced in a sun-stricken daze on the powder-white sugar sand of Isla Holbox. Amazed that inaccessible fishing villages still exist where few tourists venture and corrupt, my camera responded by capturing the image of boats bobbing lazily in the crystal clear turquoise water. At that moment I knew that I wanted to hold on to the sights, sounds, and senses of that little island. I knew that I wanted to recreate the feeling of peace that I had gained in a place that seemed to have been frozen in time. I wanted to recapture and share the sense of hard work, pride, and achievement of the fishermen who I watched get up before the sun to haul in the day’s catch right after the sun’s appearance....
I prefer to use a candid shot (from a photograph) over a posed or setup scene as it gives viewers a glimpse of the selected place. The moment that I considered to be "fleeting" would change as the lighting would change and the serenity would be disturbed. In order to capture the very moment even more precisely, I draw a quick sketch in my art pad of what I see in front of me while adding details that will balance and enhance and deleting what clutters and distorts the message that I want to convey in the final painting. Brainstorming while sketching is a must in capturing what is on my mind, in front of my eyes, and on the photograph in order to achieve the result of luring the viewer to that particular place in time.
I must use art mediums to fill viewers' senses and transport them "into the painting" and so that the viewer can experience and reflect upon some of the questions and answers that I did. I choose oils because of their flexibility as the medium takes longer to dry. The paints and strokes can be applied and manipulated in such a way that they can reveal the exact lighting (or lack of), the texture (or lack of), and the movement (or lack of) that I want to portray. Art means something different to everyone. As an artist, I feel that it is my job to choose the appropriate place (picture, setting, subject), medium, tools, style, and lighting in order to help the viewer use his/her mind and recall upon personal knowledge and experiences to try and understand my work of art; in order to use one's reflective thinking process. (DoubleTake, p.1-24, n.d.)
During the process of painting, I reflected upon the feeling of peacefulness as there were no cars on the island and no streams of people. The boats appeared as relaxed as the little town. I