We are just about in full-blown color in southwestern Michigan. Consequently, the yellows are finding their way onto my palette. If you look closely, you can see that the first painting (Graced) is a marriage of thin transparents (giving a water-color appearance), and thick opaques. I am fond of this combination. It only works when my initial transparent foundation is actually something I want to save. Since that’s not a given, I enjoy when it happens.
The last couple of weeks have been a riot of painting! I love it when my physical energy backs up my creative inspiration, giving me just the boost I need to head into the studio and let loose! Hopefully my medicine (dark chocolate!) keeps doing the work, haha.
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I took a year-old painting called Full Sun, and thought I’d like to make “just a few” changes to it. Ha! The only thing left from the old painting is the basic shape of the barn, and the telephone pole. But as a nod to the original piece, it was named for the effect of the sun on the scene. “A Little Sun” can go a long way!
This 36″ x 48″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas painting is currently available. Please feel free to connect with me through the Contact page for questions, comments, or purchase information. I’d love to hear from you!
When I love a building as much as I did this one, I have to persevere with the painting as long as it takes to bring out that “thing,” whatever it is, that will (hopefully) allow you to see it through my eyes. On this painting, that equated to layers and texture galore.
I’m attaching detail shots and a short video, because there’s a lot to take in on this very large painting (48″ x 48″ acrylic on canvas). I hope you enjoy “Roof Lines.” Currently available.
Whether painting random marks that “just happen” to look like fields/trees, or slashing away with palette knives for marks that just happen to look like background boats, the process is the same: I half close my eyes, and experience the tightrope balancing act between abandonment and restraint.
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As you already know, if you’ve been following along with me on this journey of exploring the docks on Mackinac Island (the Water and Color series), I determined that I would allow myself to interpret this scene from every angle that grabs me. Here are two more examples.
I don’t make plans ahead of time for which direction the painting will take; I let the reference photo, the mood of the day, and even the canvas itself, lead me.
In the top painting, I chose to work from a black-and-white reference so I wouldn’t be influenced by any existing colors. There’s no rhyme or reason for the pink that showed up. Also unusual in this painting is the large amount of canvas kept in its bare white state. As the paint strokes developed around it, the white section began claiming its own reason to exist, and I simply could not paint over it. I love the way those things just happen.
Whereas the top painting shows boldness and energy, the painting below it was started on a thoughtful and inquisitive note. It has a soft, tender quality to it. Pliable, accepting.
Both paintings are available to take up residence in your home, and shipping is free to most zip codes. (See the Contact page for more information.)
I hope you’re enjoying this hot, hot summer. Yikes!
My ideal place to live would be on the top of a hill, surrounded by fields and crops, and allowing me to see for long, long distances. When we go for drives, those hilltop views (when we can find them) grab hold of me and make me NEED TO PAINT.
Last autumn, I was seriously longing for a ride in a small plane, so I could see even farther. Then it dawned on me: I could make that happen with a drone. Duh!
The painting above was inspired by a photo from our subsequent purchase of a DJI Mavic Mini. The fields were half under clouds, and most of them not yet planted; the painting therefore includes plenty of artistic license. I can’t wait to see what delights present themselves, now that planting season is finally here.
May your weekend be filled with many peaceful views.
A little peek into my process. I’m working on the bright greens here with a variety of tools: knives of two different sizes, and a small Catalyst brand squeegee (my favorite new tool).
Below is the finished painting: Contemplation, a 36″ x 48″ acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas.
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