New Orleans Railroad
36" X 36"
Acrylic on Canvas
By Stan Levine
$700

    Last night I painted this acrylic landscape of some railroad tracks near the Mississippi River in New Orleans.  It was Mardi Gras, and I really wanted to walk down Bourbon Street with my wife and a large Rat Attack.  New Orleans is a magical place of art and happy people.  There is so much to do and see in this fun-filled town.  By day you can see the French Quarter.  Enjoy delicious beignets with chicory coffee at CafĂ© du Monde, listen to live music by day, and eat authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine, drink Hurricanes, and experience the exotic adult entertainment on Bourbon Street by night.  New Orleans is a romantic place to be, and having been there once I was inspired by Mardi Gras to paint this railroad scene based on a photo my wife took when we were there.   I received much positive feedback from people who know what good art is on this painting.  I had a lot of fun on this painting.  I was in the spirit of the subject matter of what I was painting, and I learned that being in the spirit of what you are painting makes a big difference in the quality of the finished piece.
 
When I paint I try not to obsess over details.  Paintings are more about color and shape relationships than the draftsmanship of little details.  I just want the colors and the brush strokes to feel right to me.  There needs to be something going on; a focal point in every painting I create, or it's just not worth the time and the expense of the materials that it cost to make the painting in the first place. 
Here is another one of my most recent paintings...



The Unfinished Kiss
36" X 36"
Acrylic on Canvas
By Stan Levine
SOLD!

    One of the things that I think is special about my paintings is authenticity.  This painting is a self portrait of me kissing my wife who I met in high school during my junior year.  I have always been a romantic person seeking to find someone who is the mirror reflection of my soul.  Everyday I see qualities in my wife that tell me I married the right woman.  I used a photo reference that was taken by my wife in high school to paint this piece, but I didn't just copy the photo.  I added things, exaggerated parts of the photo, not methodically, but using my intuitions.  I have this painting hanging on our bedroom wall, and when I see it every morning when I wake up, I feel a spiritual connection to it.  I feel as though I have captured a certain spiritual essence of who I am, and how I feel about my wife within this painting. 

      This is what I strive to accomplish in each painting I create.  I always strive to be in the spirit of what I am painting, and to emote that on the canvas within my brush strokes.  Painting teaches me how to be patient.  I block out all awareness of the passage of time, and live in the process of my painting.  Having patience to paint depends a lot on the different band widths of awareness.  I have to feel the texture, and not just see the colors but on some level feel the energy of each color and let it effect how I feel as I apply it to the canvas.  My feelings command me to make the motions with the brush needed to create the effects desired on the canvas.  This is my creative process.  When I see something working, I don't go over it in attempt to recreate it.  I accept that the reason why it looks right is that I was relaxed and in the moment; not thinking about what I was doing and just reacting to my feelings and intuitions.  It is the unconscious self that is the true master artist, and only when we learn to turn off our critical judgments of the way things ought to be, can we achieve something worthy of  true and brilliant art. 

 
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