Art of the Real by Carlos Perez
As an artist I continue to challenge my self to design ways to bring forth compositions that engage viewers. I love nothing more than taking a scene or objects from real life or a digital image and making them come alive on canvas. It’s so rewarding to see or hear about the joy that a finished piece brings to people… That keeps me going.
Design requires thought. It’s difficult to improve on the whole of what I see, but to make a feature in a composition pop, it’s best to isolate it. For example a herd of wild mustangs running free through the high desert. I could paint showing every sage plant and tree, or just mustangs running with a hint of the desert in the background, making the mustangs pop and better expressing what I’m feeling.
My pallet is primary colors avoiding black or earth-tones. Some unusual colors require synthetic pigments such as a sunlit wildflower. The pallet is pushed without getting expressionistic while matching the light in nature and sometimes pushing it just a little.
My original work in oil is also reproduced on Giclée cotton duck canvas, brushed metal, hardwood, stone.