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Stan Fellows has been an illustrator for thirty five years, painting for magazines, corporate clients, and children's books. Clients from the past two years include: Martha Stewart Living, Harper's Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Audubon, National Geographic, Field & Stream, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, NYU, Notre Dame, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, (what’s with all the airlines?...) Kiplinger's, Arts & Antiques, Simon & Schuster, and for six years he has worked monthly for the Wall Street Journal's Friday wine column. In his native Minneapolis he taught watercolor painting and illustration at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and has also taught watercolor workshops in Iowa City, where he lives with his daughter.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A surprisingly great painting session today with Barrie - Went to Barb's horse farm, and deciding to roll the dice I chose to paint a horse, a subject which has always given me nothing but fits and frustration - There's something about the construction of a horse that I have trouble seeing and understanding.
So I started trying to draw a live horse in the way one does a figure drawing, but the horse wouldn't stand still and I gave up. (This drawing might be seen if you look at the painting upside down, before I turned the paper over for a fresh try)
I then tried to visually reduce the horse to three simple shapes and capture that in my head, I quickly made a painting of the horse, and as soon as the paint said "horse" I quit and moved on to filling in the rest of the painting.

The key to today's success was to simplify what I was looking at, and to declare victory as soon as possible.

Sep.8 2010 SF


KelvinD said...

"...as soon as the paint said 'horse'..."

Suddenly (and oddly) mindful of an episode of M*A*S*H wherein Col. Potter gets frustrated and loudly exclaims "horse-feathers!"

Countrygal said...

Beautiful!! very fresh.

I might try that...say 'flowers', say 'vase', say...... :-))))