|Daina, filming the movie trailer for The Painted Road Project, Mexico 2013|
I wish I were the kind of artist who could stream what's in their mind out their hand onto canvas, but I'm not, despite all the drawing classes and thousands of hours of practice. Rather my mind works like a camera's viewfinder, looking out at the world and taking mental snapshots of its beauty. When I close my eyes I can still see it and feel it, but there is a fuzzy blockage that happens when I try to relay that image to canvas, and the result is a muddy disaster. It can be very frustrating, but I've worked around it by using photography as a reference tool to bypass that fuzziness and help relay what that image made me feel. So in many ways sometimes I feel like I am not a real artist, or I am cheating in some way, but then if I don't express myself I fall into a rut and get cranky. So, I've decided I am a Resourceful Artist! I've found a way to express what I feel the best way I know how.
|New commission, beginning stages- the sketch.|
|Original photo © Lauren Smith, provided for commissioned painting reference.|
Original artwork © Daina Scarola, Ocean Art Studio