Sarah Sedwick

Sarah Sedwick paints with skill and confidence, and she always seems to feel so warmly towards her subjects, whether painting from a model, or a still life of produce from the local outdoor market, or working plein air.  Her blog has such a friendly style, especially when she lets us know a little something about her models, or her day in the studio with a painting friend. I love her nudes for being beautiful but very real; these women don't just exist for the male eye.

Sarah has chosen a nude and a still life for her favorites of 2013, and explains why:
I've chosen both a favorite still life and a favorite figurative painting, since I split my time pretty evenly between the two genres last year -  with a dash of plein air landscape thrown in for flavor. Examining my two choices has been amusing : apparently, although I can't wear it to save my life, I love orange. And alliterative titles. Who doesn't love alliterative titles?!
Long Legs  oil on canvas  14"x 11" January 2013 
Although it was nearly a full year ago, I can still remember the way this one practically painted itself. I was able to put down strokes of color and leave them alone. So often I overwork and overthink! I forget that not every area of a painting has to be finished before moving on to another area - letting some rough brushstrokes sit for awhile gives me the opportunity to come back to them later, and probably decide to keep them just as they are! 
This also happens to be one of my favorite models. I painted her dozens of times last year, and hope to do so again in 2014. I rarely paint her nude, however, so this painting is unique in that way.

Leaning Lanterns  oil on canvas 1 6" x 20"  October 2013
Painted at the opposite end of the year, this one definitely has an autumn theme. But I don't need a seasonal excuse to indulge in orange. Or the letter L. 
Chinese lanterns are so fun to paint. I recommend that everyone try it. When I found a huge bunch of home-dried stalks at a yard sale this fall, I knew what I'd be painting for the next two months! I used various colored-papers in my still lives throughout last year, and in this piece you can see that it took a toll on them, with their crinkles and torn edges. 
The whole thing strikes me now as a metaphor for autumn - the lantern branch curving onto the tabletop: Summer's exuberance relaxing into Winter. At the time, I was just looking for an excuse to paint something orange that started with L.  
Happy New Year - and Happy Painting!
You can find out more about Sarah Sedwick at her blog and her website, and by reading last year's post of about her favorite paintings of 2012.

The current theme is Artists Who Blog- Favorites of 2013.  Chosen artists have sent in one or two of their favorite paintings from 2013, along with some words about the creation of the work, or about general new directions and goals. There will be a fresh post each day for twenty five days, so check back often. 

1 comment:

  1. Taryn, it's always a joy to work with you on The Art Room. Thanks.


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