Watercolor painting (untitled) © Barb McGee
This Artisans Road Trip spot light is on artist Barb McGee! Barb works from her studio and gallery in Peterson, Iowa. Barb is going to give us a little insight into her selective process in working with a painting.
"For me starting a new painting means finding the perfect photograph or in some cases many photo's. For my current painting it was a matter of reduction. At my opening reception at A Piece Of Work in Spirit Lake I stated that I wanted to paint a white shirt. Now I am not at all sure why a cowboy would want to wear a white shirt but some of them really do.
Last year my husband Don and I went to a ranch in South Dakota for a branding. I took over a thousand pictures. I knew I had at least one guy in a white shirt so I started looking to figure out which photo had the most potential.
After several edits through the photos I took, I found my white shirt & ropes and saddle and even a hat, what more could I want??!! It doesn't seem to bother me that my cowboy has no head; what do you think of the headless horseman? Maybe it has something to do with living on Sleepy Hollow Road :-)"
Thank you for sharing your painting process Barb! Check back again for more artists from the 2011 Artisans Road Trip!