My darling husband agreed to be photographed, to help show the scale of this painting. Isn’t he a nice guy?
Of all the autumn colors I love, yellow is the one which takes my breath away. Our trees aren’t far into turning, but the yellows in this field we drove by?…oh my! Needless to say, the star of this painting had to be yellow! And I mean *bright* yellow! And lots of shades of yellow.
The full painting is below. Plus a couple close-ups, because there’s lots of wonderful visual texture in this big painting.
This is not a sight I’ve ever seen in Michigan. While driving down a rural road we would normally never take, we just happened upon fields of beans (at least, that’s what locals are telling me it might be) whose leaves had just turned from green to the most beautiful shades of yellow and gold. I don’t know how long the color will last, or what happens next; but I’m so glad to have discovered this beauty.
I took probably 100 photos, over the course of two days, of one jaw-dropping scene after another: rolling yellow hills, bordered by diminishing layers of trees, with an occasional farmhouse thrown in for good measure. I can only hope that from the remaining photos, I am able to bring other scenes to life in a manner equal to this one.
Whenever we head up north for the day (or a few days), we pass through the middle of downtown Grand Rapids in the morning. If the sun is shining, this is the amazing view we see! I always forget it’s coming, and end up having to lunge to grab my camera. You only get one shot on the highway’s speedy S-curve before it’s gone! I feel quite pleased that, at least this time, I didn’t get cheated!
Just a couple hundred yards away from my last dune painting is this sight. For locals, you will readily recognize it. This is where Lake Macatawa channels into Lake Michigan in Holland State Park. Just one of the breathtaking cities / locations along the lake.
The sun was at such a striking angle, it set this painting up for success. In fact, I feel like I couldn’t have wrecked it if I tried. Well, at least that’s how it felt…which is always a nice thing, because they don’t always work that way.
The sand dunes take on some interesting hues as they reflect the nearby environment; and I love them all!!! My goal in this painting was to reflect those wonderful nuances in rich, thick applications of heavy-body paints.
A view of the gorgeous sand dunes near Holland, Michigan – about a 30 minute drive from our house.
I hope you are having a lovely start to your summer. Ours is still trying to get off the ground! But I love cool weather, so you won’t hear any complaints from me.
Once again, my dining room wall (BELOW) becomes the staging place to demonstrate the scale of the painting. I am going to enjoy it immensely here, until it leaves to reside on the perfect wall of another art lover.
If you could see “Invited” in person, you would notice the many layers of translucent paint, thick opaque paint, and thinned opaques. Together, they provide a rich sense of texture which I cannot stop looking at, particularly in the subtle white-on-white areas. This piece started out because of my love for the glaring-in-the-sun whitish walls. From the moment I clicked the button on my camera to capture the bold structure, I had an unusually strong visual imprint in my brain (much better than the photograph, of course), and could not WAIT to get home to paint it!
And now, I feel you’d be cheated unless I post some of the detail shots (BELOW). Enjoy.
PS: Take note that the detail shots below are not as “white” as the photos above. It’s the above photos that are more accurate.
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Introducing seven new (or revised) paintings: landscape and still life.
In the last few months, I’ve given more attention to still life. There’s so much to explore in a floral piece, and for me, right now, the focus is: how far do I want to go in abstracting it? My hands-down favorite floral paintings from other artists are the most loosely rendered ones. So why don’t I go there myself? Why, indeed? I plan to figure that out. As long as I get to smear luscious, heavy-body paints on canvas, I will enjoy the process.
A new landscape.
In the last month, I revised a number of landscape pieces…to the extent they took on a whole new “feel.” I hope you enjoy.
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