Painting with Galveston Artist Rene Wiley
I love watching artists paint, especially when they know what they're doing. One of the last workshops I got to attend while in Galveston was with local island artist Rene Wiley. No doubt about it her work has a style on its own with its bold lines, confetti of color and rich layers of texture. Wiley's abstract impressions are able to catch the love and patience she harbors for her surroundings. But the island giveth and the island taketh away, which it did, in 2008 Hurricane Ike blew her studio away. Undefeated she returned the following year to open her current gallery and studio in Galveston's historic Strand District.
As deep and complex as her paintings seem, her process is simple. Wiley works in oils and begins painting on a primed orange canvas, which ignite the colors in the finished product. She uses one brush with many colors and a palette knife for mixing, smearing and scratching through areas she feels should have less. Her instincts and printed photos guide her mark making as she carefully collects suggestions of lines and color. In this workshop, Wiley will teach a small group of women how to paint from a couple of pictures using color, light, and guts.