Many of my landscape paintings start with no preconceived ideas; I just begin to put paint on the canvas. In no time at all, my memories and impressions of our beautiful world, combined with the developing colors and contours of paint, begin to claim their existence, and end up reminding me of a place previously visited.
It’s interesting to me that orchard memories seem to have cropped up in abstract form a couple times in the last month or so.
Could it be possible that within a couple months, we will begin to see blossoms on the trees and other signs of spring?
We are so blessed to live only a few hours away from this gorgeously paintable city. My goodness…I’ve painted it dozens of times! And to top it off, one of our sons lives there. He’s the one who, years ago, gave me the photo which finally inspired this painting. It was a much wider shot, incorporating a broad cityscape, and I couldn’t figure out how to make the composition work.
But as I was recently playing around with it, zooming in on the sailboat, it finally sang to me. The resulting paint on canvas is indeed analagous to a song: vibrations, various notes divided into vertical measures, places of rest, accent notes, and the ebb and flow of a musical phrase.
When it comes to naming paintings, I always look deeply into the soul of the image that came out of my hands onto the canvas, and to the best of my ability, attach a word to it. More often than not, the word that describes what I see in this melange of strokes and marks of paint “just happens” to mirror multiple things that are going on in my natural world and in the spiritual.
I’m not changing addresses, but there are other moves / transitions in the works. And I’m feeling a strong sense that I’m on the cusp of some changes beyond the ones I know of. For some people, change is unsettling; but I’ve always loved change, so this is very exciting to me.
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Sometimes it’s helpful to see how a painting would look, placed in a home. This is especially true of large-sized art. I hope you enjoy this perspective of my NEW, available paintings, enabled by artroomsapp.
And in the already-SOLD category, these two were definitely favorites of mine:
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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.