June 2015 – Summer Days: My Island Home

For a long time now I’ve been talking about how I’d like to begin painting the beauty around me that I call ‘my island home’. In the past I had tried a landscape pieces here and there but struggled with them mostly. They usually ended up looking way too artificial in my opinion. So I rendered myself to thinking that maybe they just weren’t my thing and it wasn’t meant to be… But years later,  I’ve now revisited them and I’m actually quite pleased this time around.

They say, “The master has failed more times than the beginner has attempted” ― Stephen McCranie

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On my instagram feed (@vanessaturnerart) I asked people to guess what I was painting based on the colour palettes. A couple people managed to guess quite easily even though my portfolio up until today contained little to now landscape paintings.


This was the palette I used for my two latest pieces. This time around the process didn’t feel as foreign.  And along the way I found that I absolutely love painting water! Something that I previously thought was so difficult and required too much attention to detail was this time around met without frustration. Perhaps it was from all the technique aquired over time in other subject matters…maybe my eye is just better trained.

Of course all this does is reinforce prior lessons. Things take time and you become a master at nothing overnight. Sometimes it takes months, or years and that’s ok.

Anyways, here are  the three pieces I recently finished. There’s something rejuvenating about waves and oceans. I’d like to explore this subject more as it sits well with my soul.

20150619 Sandy Shore - Medium

© 2015 Vanessa Turner
SANDY SHORE
pastel on artspectrum colourfix
9 x 12 inches

20150620 Renew - Medium

© 2015 Vanessa Turner
RENEW
pastel on artspectrum colourfix
9 x 12 inches

20150621 Jobson's Cove - Medium

© 2015 Vanessa Turner
JOBSON’S COVE
pastel on artspectrum colourfix
9 x 12 inches

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