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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Between finishing up a few gallery commissions, and my husband recently having major back surgery, not many new available paintings have come out of the studio in the last month. It was deeply satisfying then, when this piece basically painted itself. As my fellow artists know, it doesn’t always happen that way!
I want to express my thanks for your continued interest in, and support of, this thing we call “art.” An off-the-charts summer has left me feeling extremely thankful to the Creator, and fulfilled in this calling.
Do you recognize this cityscape from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile? And if so, do you know if that far building in the center (the one with the unique shape) has a name? As I drove south, snapping photos, that particular building kept drawing me in. It might need to be painted again.