Summer Paintings | The Creative Process

painted landscape of kayaks on Maine coas

Kayaks, 2018, a mixed media painting, by Salem MA artist Bobbie Bush.

Summer Paintings

This summer has been filled with work, play and painting! The summer of 2018 has been one of learning, exploring and expanding my craft into the realm of painted images and expanding my role in the creative process as an artist.

The Creative Process

The creative process begins with a photographic image as the initial inspiration, then further transforms through hand-applied brushwork using an electronic pen and tablet to render the colors, tones and detail stroke by stroke into a painting. The final step in the process is to apply real oils and acrylics to the surface of the canvas to give depth, color and texture for the look and feel of a finished painting.

Nature’s Beauty

I wanted to share some recent personal work that I have done that is derived from the photographs I capture when I am in my downtime. Being an avid kayaker, I often capture images of natures beauty while out on the ocean. These paintings are from my experiences on the coast of Maine where I often spend time.

painted landscape of Maine coast by artist Bobbie Bush

Maine Morning, 2018, a mixed media painting, by Salem MA artist Bobbie Bush.

Working with Oils

After 20+ years of the business of photography, I am finding time to play in a new medium, blending my photographic images and transforming them into painted works of art. In June, I embarked on a week-long intensive workshop in Louisiana to study with a master artist and photographer to learn painting methods, using the digital medium in combination with real oils.

portrait artist at the easel

Bobbie at the easel, applying oils to a portrait on canvas.

I have been inspired by the Impressionists Monet, Degas, Renoir, master portrait painters like John Singer Sargent, as well as modern portrait painters like Everett Raymond Kinstler.

Be sure to come by the studio to see the recent paintings! Or contact me if you are interesting to learn more about how I can create a custom painting for you.

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Bobbie Bush is a Massachusetts based portrait artist, with her studio located north of Boston in historic Salem, MA, specializing in children and family portraits. Voted Best Children’s Photographer in Boston in 2017 by the Boston A-List. To learn more about her painted artwork and commissioned painted portraits, visit https://bobbiebush.com/painted-portraits/.