Current Inspiration: René Magritte

After quite a long hiatus from painting after the 2012 East Austin Studio Tour and the holiday season, I finally began a new painting around the beginning of March. The painting I'm working on is based on a picture I took of my boyfriend, Hunter, while we were hiking with his mom at tent rocks just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The natural beauty of the rock formations is quite fantastic, which I hope to capture. Here is the original photo and below, an in-process shot of my painting.

Tent Rocks, New Mexico

tent rocks in-process painting by Taylor Browning

tent rocks in-process painting by Taylor Browning

As I've been working on this painting, I've had my "Swell" painting hung on the wall next to my easel. I've intentionally tried to paint the rocks similar to how I paint water. If you don't already know, I love painting water. Once I get into the flow, the process becomes very meditative for me.

A couple of weeks ago, I traveled to Houston with my colleague, Nisa from Landmarks on a mission to check out the Skyspace by James Turrell at Rice University, which is pretty awe-inspiring. Landmarks will be opening a Skyspace this Fall on UT campus! During our trip, we visited some of the stellar art museums in Houston, including one of my new favorites, the Menil Collection. They feature a permanent exhibition of surrealist paintings, which includes many works by one of my favorite painters, René Magritte.

The painting below immediately grabbed my attention because it is so similar to the painting I am currently working on. The scale is much larger, so I was able to see the detail of each stroke of paint. I stared at the painting for several minutes, analyzing the artist's masterful technique, while at the same time letting myself enter the world he created.

The Glass Key by René Magritte 1959, the Menil Collection

The Glass Key by René Magritte 1959, the Menil Collection

With all this inspiration, I should finish my painting soon. I will post the final image when it's ready.