Jim Lamb of Sammamish, Washington
LPAPA’s July 2019 featured Signature Artist Member of the Month.
“A large percentage of my paintings are created on location, “en plein air.” Painting outdoors is invigorating to me. I enjoy the solitude; the sights and sounds of the outdoors. I’m driven by the challenge of capturing directly on canvas the essence of what inspires me. My preferred medium is oil paint on fine linen canvas. I love the texture of the canvas surface and the flexibility of oils. I can push the paint around, paint thinly or very thick, create a variety of textures, or wipe it all off to start over if I don’t like how it’s going. It’s a very forgiving medium, yet rich when used successfully. The small paintings I create on location (color studies) I use, along with photographs, for reference to create larger studio works.
I approach each painting with a vision of what I want that painting to be, but sometimes a painting ends up surprisingly different. Once in a while “happy accidents” occur in a painting making it better than I had planned. I try to preserve those passages of paint. They are definitely gifts. Dean Cornwell, the famous American illustrator once said that when “happy accidents” emerge in a painting you should “get down on your knees and thank God for it.”
The more time I spend outdoors studying and painting nature, the more I’m impressed with the infinite creativity of the Master Artist. His handiwork is evident everywhere I look. I want my paintings to draw the viewer’s attention to these qualities. I have a lot to learn by studying His masterpieces and not much time to learn it.” — Jim Lamb
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