“Even though I thought painting could be a way to express the joy I was feeling for the landscape my work remained bland and uninspiring,” says Joyce Hicks. “After several years of dedication and hard work, it dawned on me that the artists whose work I admired obviously knew something about making quality art that I didn’t know. I felt disappointed in my artistic progress and wanted to be able to paint and share the joy I was finding in the landscape. Why were some artists able to express their message so beautifully while others could not? What I soon learned was there’s a lot more to creating art than merely applying paint to paper! I luckily stumbled upon the words and teachings of Edgar Whitney and the role he played in bringing back the importance of the time-honored principles and elements of design. From that point on I became passionate about learning and using the power of these concepts and it wasn’t long before my work began to earn recognition and major awards. Once you can make artistic decisions based on the strength of the knowledge you have for the principles and elements of design your choices for creating great art will be in proportion to your understanding and the spirit of your own unique creativity!
“One of the most powerful ways an artist can communicate is with the use of color. Color offers huge diversity when used to create works of art. It has the ability to evoke a wide range of emotions within the viewers to make them feel happy, sad, excited or somber. Make value and temperature changes as you paint to create energy and visual interest and at the same time, remember that such decisions must be based on where a particular shape resides in the landscape and its relationship to the other values and temperatures it accompanies. Color is an irreplaceable ingredient for making grand statements and once you begin to fully understand the power of color, it can be the path to your own signature style!”
Joyce Hicks has always been able to visualize places and things in a very idealistic way, but it wasn’t until she discovered painting that she was able to express this personal view of the world. Travel helped her see and define what her heart was drawn to; not in the grand or extraordinary but in simple unassuming beauty. Painting gave her the opportunity to unite visual images with a montage of personal memories stored over my lifetime. This approach to painting has earned Joyce dozens of awards and Signature Member status in the American Watercolor Society. Learn more about her three excellent video workshops here.