My name’s Naomi Grindlay. I was born in Zambia, in the heart of Africa and raised in Southern Africa. I moved to Canada many many moons ago and now reside on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. An Artist Paradise. We are so fortunate as artists to be surrounded by such breathtaking beauty on this gorgeous Island.
Oil painting for me, has been a life-long learning experience. One can never know enough. I learn something new every time I paint. There is this endless challenge going on where you push yourself further than you think you can go. It’s never easy. If it were, everyone would be doing it.
There isn’t any one particular subject I’m after. If the subject is beautifully lit, I’ll paint it. That could range from still life to landscapes to painting model T’s, people and their dogs too.
I’m very particular about the surface I paint on and prefer painting on panels as apposed to canvas. I still paint on canvas on occasion. I prime the surface with an alkyd primer and tint my canvas/panel with a mix of burnt umber and white. I transfer my drawing with a tracing paper and a charcoal pencil or draw free hand from a grid if it’s a large piece. I then complete my underpainting with burnt umber and a dry brush. The first layer of color is then applied over the entire canvas. Once dry, I will paint the entire piece a second time. Once completely dry , I will glaze where necessary, then scumble and work the final details.
Sometimes this process goes smoothly and at times I want to pull my hair out. If the piece is a little too challenging, I’ll put it aside and work on it when I have more experience. At times I’ll begin a huge undertaking and a few weeks later, wonder what the hell I was thinking! Challenges keep me on my toes!
My paintings are my impressions of how I view the world around me. For the viewer, I wish to convey a sense of calm, serenity and light.