St. Pettersburg, Florida
My interest in painting has always been in realism. The world around me has provided an infinite variety of colors, forms and textures that I have used for the sources of my work for the past 35 years. I have always had a preference for drawing rather than painting in terms of control and the use of line and detail. Watercolor has provided me with a medium that produces a transition from drawing into using color in painting. Regardless of the hyper realistic quality of the painting, the watercolor paper surface maintains the painterly quality of the medium. I believe in a traditional approach to the medium, using transparent colors and use the white ground of the paper for highlights and to produces luminous colors. This pigment interaction creates hues that give a lifelike quality to the painting. From the initial viewing distance the painting may look smooth and sharp focused, but upon a closer inspection of the surface the viewer can appreciate the brushed paint application and the artistic decisions I have made.
I have explored a variety of subject sources in my career. The current body of work is derived from my interest in visual Americana, images that I feel are specific to our culture. I have chosen both still life and landscape imagery to interpret this vision, focusing on the vernacular world rather than the monumental. My interest is in the commonplace has always been an important element in my work. The landscape works reflect some nostalgic elements as well as views derived from everyday sights and reflect my view of the present. I use a panoramic view to give the viewer the ability to move freely throughout the space. The still life compositions are informal and arranged to give the viewer the sensation that they have just interrupted something that has happened or is about to happen in. The idea of human presence nearby the scene introduces narrative elements into the work. The viewer is thereby becomes a participant and more visually involved.
Last Days Of Summer
By John Bayalis
30" x 18"
Watercolour realism, Americana, nostalgia,
hyper real watercolor, summertime, landscape
St. Pettersburg, Florida artist