I went through many phases in this painting, thinking it was complete, even posting it on my Facebook page, only to realize after a couple of days, that it wasn’t setting right with me. I would then go after it again.
It’s finally “there” for me. The title is therefore not only a reference to a slow Sunday drive in the country which has no need to be rushed; but also a reminder that you can’t rush the completion of certain expressions of art.
Apparently, collectors of my art enjoy skies as much as I do, so I continue to delve into this limitless subject. It’s a new exploration with each new sky. I find endless fascination in the many different settings, lighting conditions, color combinations, moods… .
If any of these works (or the other pieces on my Available Paintings page) strike a chord with you, and you’d like to surround yourself with a peaceful trip to the lake or country by adding an original piece of art to your home, feel free to contact me through the Contact tab, or call me directly at 616-723-6600 with any questions.
I hope you enjoy the latest paintings to come off the “easel.” (Actually, I don’t use easels anymore; for any artists out there who paint on large canvases and want to contact me for more information about how I paint against the wall, I have a most wonderful set-up now for the past number of months, and it has greatly improved my productivity and organization.)
An abandoned house may not be the first choice when searching for a subject of loveliness to grace the walls of a home. But who can deny its beauty when seen through the eyes of the one who holds the paintbrush?
If it was up to me, I would purchase this building, and then cleanse and restore the interior so that life would once again flow in and out, and the structure would fulfill its intended purpose of functionality and fruitfulness. But I wouldn’t cover over the chipped paint and other scars on the outside. For some reason, that is beautiful to me, and tells the story of a hard-fought existence, and possible battle wounds that brought it this far. The history may have been painful, but the redemption process would change everything.
If you saw my last blog post, you know I’m on a roll with this treasured schoolhouse. This close-up was calling for a very large (48″ x 48″) interpretation, which also meant that it would have to be approached with a slightly more modern feel. You may not be able to tell by the photo, but the painting fades off on the bottom portion to an untouched white canvas, except for the 3 drips which made their way down right at the beginning and claimed their place.
You are cordially invited to Somebody’s Gallery (Petoskey, MI) on Friday, July 7, 2017. There will be a wine and cheese reception from 6:00-8:00 pm to introduce myself and Darlene Mowatt. It would be lovely to see some of my Northern Michigan friends and collectors.
Artistsnetwork.com has published a new blog, expanding on advice from myself and another artist who was featured in their magazine, about how we made the transition to full-time artist. For those who have considered this possibility for yourself, maybe this article will be helpful. In any case, you may find the thought process interesting.
The photo above is my “Thinking Corner” in my art studio. A lot of truly deep thoughts happen there! I’ve been reorganizing my house (and with it, a little fresh decorating); and it was my art studio’s turn to get in on the action. Some chalk-painting was required…of existing furniture, frames, and so on. Consequently, I haven’t been painting…or posting…much in the last month in the way of “fine art.” But stay with me. Yesterday my husband took me on a drive in the country, and the lighting was just perfect for some amazing inspirational scenes, which I trust will soon turn into paintings.