Landscape Paintings by Laura K. Smith
Peaceful, joyful, strong, colourful, dream-like, and haunting are some of the ways in which Laura’s paintings have been described. Using acrylic on canvas, Laura paints colourful landscape scenes of her home country of Canada and her new home country of Belgium with the aim of sharing the joy that she experiences in the practice and appreciation of art. Complementary to her painting practice, Laura writes about her painting process and inspiration in her biweekly blog.
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The other day, I was making a quick sketch of the maple tree outside of my window. Recently I’ve been sketching more. With pencil crayons in hand, I was getting the impression of this large tree down on paper. “Draw what you see, not what you know”, was the foundational lesson I learned in drawing class. This means to register the shapes, colours, and tonal values of the object(s) in space (a scene). The difficult thing is to do so without getting caught up in your thoughts, judgements and assumptions about the object(s) or scene. A tree is a great…Keep reading
I’ve always preferred paint to pencil. With paint, I feel that I have more freedom. I can put down my wash—a first indication of the image to emerge—with little commitment. By building layer upon layer, I continue to make decisions throughout the entire painting process. In contrast, the fine tip of the pencil can feel intimidating. If I put down these lines now, can I change my mind later? While painting relies, to a certain extent, on the skills of drawing, the role of preliminary sketching has remained optional or, at best, secondary to my painting practice. As I’ve described…Keep reading
I’ve got some news to share… In a just couple of days, I will be taking a plane headed for the U.S.! I’m trying to mentally prepare for the shock of not only venturing further than my front door, or the much-walked streets of my neighbourhood, but crossing the Atlantic and setting up house for a year in Michigan! While this is only a temporary move, spending a year in another country certainly entails sorting out a whole lot of life things! There has been much anticipation surrounding this upcoming move. I’m thinking of the new adventures I’ll have, the…Keep reading