Friday, August 22, 2008

Put in some extra hours last night & finished up the piece . . .

'Cold Buffet' - image size 7" x 9"


4 comments:

Jeremy Pearse said...

As always Terry, super work. And after reading the title, I noticed the snow on the ground - a great way to tie the title into the subject matter thereby giving more meaning to the piece.

Terry Miller said...

Hey Jeremy,
Thanks for the 'note'. You know as well as I, that sometimes titling a work can be almost as difficult as the process of sketching out ideas and doing the actual piece! Sometimes though, the title hits you way before you are anywhere near done, as in this case.

Anonymous said...

Another beautiful, serene piece. I love the unusual composition. This seems to be one of your (many) strengths as an artist. Do you do thumbnail sketches to work out your compostion and values?

Sandi

Terry Miller said...

Hey Sandi,
As I have said, maybe for some - too many times! - composition and all the basic working out of placement of subjects etc. has always been the most fun for me as an artist. I think taking the time initially to work it all out and find a most pleasing and interesting and soemtimes quite unusual arrangement, ends in a work that has appeal on many levels.
Balancing lights and darks and masses and positive and negative spatial relationships is, for me, what being an artist is all about. Coming up with a 'pretty picture' is all well and good, but my approach has always been to find a unique viewpoint or use of light and shadow or juxtaposition of objects and textures. Working in blacks, whites and shades of gray, all of these elements of a good design become more porminent than in a work in color, I feel, so it is of great importance to make sure that all those diverse elements do form a unified, interesting, cohesive and thought provoking work of art.