In­ves­ti­gat­ing a scene

International Artist - - United States Of The World Master Painters - Peter Camp­bell

My ap­proach to paint­ing has never been straight­for­ward and I think that is re­flected in my work and my tech­niques. Find­ing a “style” seems for­eign to me be­cause I see paint­ing as more of a vis­ual and in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion than some­thing con­jured up to be dif­fer­ent or con­sis­tently rec­og­niz­able. Any sub­ject is wor­thy of a paint­ing and all things have many ways to be in­ter­preted so I like to let the mo­ment dic­tate the method.

Only by con­stant in­ves­ti­ga­tion does one add to the arse­nal of so­lu­tions. Work­ing quickly in plein air is quite dif­fer­ent from work­ing in the stu­dio, so I ad­just to tech­nique to cap­ture what is in front of me quickly. Large land­scapes, on the other hand, can take months to fin­ish where in­ter­pre­ta­tion and in­ven­tion lead to a res­o­lu­tion.

“Study ev­ery­thing and make a study of any­thing” is my motto. I never let my

oil on can­vas, 11 x 14" (28 x 36 cm)

I wanted to make the Bud­dha a fo­cal point so I started the whole paint­ing with only large soft blocks of color only work­ing sharp edges and sharper brush­strokes at the end to lead the eye through the pic­ture plane.

Still Life with Bud­dha,

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