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.
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I hope you’re enjoying this hot, hot summer. Yikes!
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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Another dance in the Mission Peninsula orchards. The paint and canvas met each other with a raw energy which never waned throughout the whole painting. It doesn’t always happen that way, so it’s pretty cool when it does.
I hope you’re enjoying your spring. Wherever you are, and whatever is going on in your world, may peace and blessings be yours in abundance.
The “Water and Color” painting posted last week is already sold, but I feel a tug to continue painting this scene…in various palettes/moods/seasons. My goal is to explore an abstract quality with a light, almost-watercolor touch. Some of that “touch” is a result of new tools I began using last year. There’s nothing more exciting to me than finding innovative ways to make marks which are pleasing to the eye.
We need all the joy and peace we can get in these troubled times. Hopefully, the peace I find in my studio makes its way into the paintings posted here. My dear father-in-law recited Psalm 91 every day when he served in WWII, and it remains a favorite in our family: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Ps. 91:1.
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Another painting inspired by the beautiful and historic Mackinac Island. I believe the photo which inspired this painting was given to me by Becki, the owner of Mackinac’s Little Gallery. If you’re ever on the island, make sure to check out the gallery (and this painting, which will be there, along with a number of others from me).
In the car, on the way home from Mackinac Island one year, I completed a small watercolor of this view. I used that piece as a color study for this acrylic painting.
For my artist friends who may find it interesting, this painting is the first time I’ve ever used Prussian Blue. I love Prussian Blue! How had I never been introduced to that color before?!?! It made me wonder what else I’ve been missing out on; so on a recent order from Blick Art Supplies, I bought every untried (by me) paint color on the list!