Old Farmstead, Enfield, North CarolinaDoug Cosbie
Oil painting on Stretched canvas New
Varnished and Ready to hang
Signed on front and back
10" h x 12" w x .5" d |0 lbs. 6 oz.
Enfield, North Carolina, off Highway 95 near Rocky Mount. "Heading east along the county roads there are old towns, villages and farms," explains Doug. "Many of the old farmsteads have been in the same families for generations and remain virtually unchanged. Despite being late spring, the weather on this day was hot, the air thick with humidity as rain showers formed."
Part of Doug's signature series of plein air paintings, capturing the character and enduring beauty of the rural American landscape. He says he loves working outdoors, where all of his senses are engaged. "It is a very creative environment, as you have to work quickly as nature changes," Doug explains. "I ignore what I don't want so the confusion of shapes and colors are reduced to the essentials. The key is to modify or even eliminate objects, as it's rare you will ever find ready-made compositions."
Artist Doug Cosbie presents the vibrancy found in nature with his impressionist, rural architecture centered artwork. Longing to create something that connects with people, Cosbie spent countless years perfecting how he portrays the world on canvas. Within his journey, he studied as an apprentice in the studios of Sam Black and Jack Shadbolt. As a plein air artist, Doug's studio is a portable pochade box. He begins by finding a location that speaks to him, makes a sketch, and continues to add depth and dimension with oil on canvas. "Creativity when making art is not about interpreting exactly as you see it. New ideas are formed by interesting contrasts, and interesting paintings happen when things are out of place." In the rare cases when he is not painting, you can find him reading, traveling, sailing, and spending quality time with his family. Cosbie's creations have been showcased at galleries in Canada. He is an alumnus of Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Welcome to my 1st Blog Today I’m studio deskbound rummaging through countless crannies for receipts, mostly paid bills and sales to figure how much will be left after paying the taxman. Turns out I’m either mathematically challenged or the good news is that it’s not as bad as I thought. The other good news is that I’m thrilled to start my UGallery blog and share with customers and artists as I continue my creative journey. Why I’m eager (and I hope you will be too) about my blog? It’s a great way as an artist to connect and receive feedback. The reality is that, despite the freedom of choosing when and what your job requires, combining business travel and pleasure, interesting places, situations and bumping into remarkable people, you really work in isolation. Because of this, painters will tell you that feedback creates the critical discussion that is indispensable to being imaginative when creating art. Not everybody? There are artists that detest the thought of feedback. They figure if nobody says anything, or even better buys it, enough said. There are others who figure the worst enemy to creativity is this self-doubt. Hopefully without sounding like a stalker, I’ll tell you a secret. Back in the brick and motor gallery exhibitions (and I’ve had lots of them) I move close behind viewers of my work and listen in on their comments. Not always a fun experience, however for every “my kid could paint that” there were truly insightful comments. To me, this meant I achieved something distinctive. I.e. a painting that someone related to; and why. Please check in I’ll keep this blog active and informative with insight into my art and the passage along the way. Thank you for checking in and good luck building your collection of original fine art. Doug.