"Waiting" by Michaela Hoppe

"Waiting" by Michaela Hoppe

"Waiting"

My name is Michaela Hoppe, I paint mostly figures in oil paint. I am a stay at home mother of two children, with a wonderful husband who supports my work, and occasionally even watches the children for me so that I can actually get some work done. I don’t have it in me to speak of how daring my work is, how groundbreaking, and I can’t pretend to have achieved some sort of magical new level of something that has never before been achieved. I can’t speak of my process in mystical terms, and I will try my best to leave pretension out of it. What I will shoot for instead, is honesty. I paint pictures that I like. That is the gist of my process. I take a lot of pictures with my camera. Pictures of sunsets, pictures of old buildings, pictures of fields, pictures of my children, pictures of the sky. I will force my husband to pull over so that I can take pictures of cows. Then I sort through my copious amounts of pictures, and I find something that I think would make a nice painting. Then I attempt to capture it with paint. I can’t really say what it is that grabs me about certain pictures. Sometimes it’s the light. Sometimes it’s the colour. Sometimes it just tickles me. Mostly I am trying to recreate the feeling I get when I see something I like. Obviously, there is a little more to the actual painting. I lock myself in a room with the same laptop I am writing this statement on. I bring up the picture. I ignore the children crying and the husband bellowing, I put on some good tunes, and I start to paint. I have about a year of actual university art classes at the U of S in Saskatoon, but I have been around many artists, and I try new things based on their suggestions and the works I see that appeal to me. My style evolves continually because of it. I am a relatively young woman, with a lot of art in my future and I am growing and improving all of the time. That being said, chances are, if you are seeing any of my art, it`s because I believe it is good. There are a good number of paintings that just don`t work out. No matter what I do, certain pictures just cannot seem to be translated to canvas. Maybe it`s just me, but when these aren’t working out, I don`t relabel them as bold new works and techniques, I scour them from the earth, and I try again. My works aren’t perfect (yet)(fine, realistically never, but hey, perfection is boring anyways), but they are good. They look good on my wall. They would probably look pretty good on your wall too. Art is a career for me, but its a career that I have chosen for myself because I enjoy it. I don`t make these things just so that I can sell them, though of course selling them is nice. I paint pictures that I like. And I hope that you like them too.