The west coast landscape is the creative inspiration for most of Bev Byerley’s paintings.
As a writer, creativity intrigues me. Why do we seek it? How do we find it?
While I continue to explore the concept in my personal and professional life, I’m also curious about how people in other fields of artistic endeavor, find their muse. Painter Bev Byerley was kind enough to share her thoughts below.
First of all, I take photos of my favorite places. Usually it’s just a few interesting lines I see in these photos that sparks my creative interest.
Then I sketch the bare bones, emphasizing the lines that I find intriguing, with a paint brush and dark coloured paint. After the initial sketch I’m full of artistic excitement and begin to block in colours and cover the canvas.
It’s usually about this time that I realize just how much work it’s going to take to produce the image I have in my head. My energy level wanes and I have to push myself to keep going.
But when I do, there comes the point that I can see the finish line and the initial spark returns with all the energy and enthusiasm to complete the piece.
For me, painting is like walking a long distance; placing one foot in front of another, and another, and another…
Then suddenly you’re there.
To view more of Bev’s work, visit www.bevbyerley.com.