For L.A. Cline, art is everywhere. Art can be found in even the street performers. They work daily at their craft to make someone smile. Since Leprechauns are such fun characters, the Artist decided that a Leprechaun would be a great character for a painting. “The ‘Lucky Leprechaun’ is out there all the time tempting you with his dance-like pose, mischievous smile and pot of gold. If you look hard you might even find a four leaf clover!” says L.A. Cline.
The journey to create and paint this painting was a long one, because the Artist was not sure what the background should be or how to develop the pathway. For lack of a better word, L.A. Cline was Stuck. Getting Stuck on a painting, is not what an Artist wants to go through. Even though the best plans are laid out, somehow things change from the original ideas for the background or the face. Nobody talks about getting stuck on paintings. What is an artist to do? Though, L.A. Cline was helpful in her description of the step by step process artists go through for inspiration in such times.
The first thing this Artist does is get away from the painting and try to get into something else, restock supplies or do things that need to be done. In other words, clear the head.
Eventually the artist will have to figure out how to finish the painting on the easel. Cline suggests using the internet and researching the project being created, reading books or looking at pictures to help reach out and find what will finish the painting. This type of mental block happens in every type of occupation. “Keeping calm is the key and if you have someone to confide in then perhaps that will also help you to that final conclusion,”
After researching Leprechauns the Artist found out that, Leprechauns avoid humans and fairies as much as possible. They guard their pot of gold which is the currency the fairies pay for the Leprechauns to make their shoes. They live far away from cities and towns. They are shifty and can change from their normal height to a miniscule size to keep their identity hidden. For this reason, L.A. Cline blended the background with the same greens as the Leprechauns clothing and used green clovers as what we think of as a Leprechaun symbol of “Good Luck.” The clothing of Leprechauns are said to take on the style of the 1800’s. This Pastel Painting is a special glimpse of a “Lucky Leprechaun” that is ready to delight you and then disappear as you walk away.
“Whenever you have trouble finishing your art I always remember all great Artists have gone through this and many masterpieces have been created because of this special time of reflection,”
LAC Fine Art
LAC Fine Art