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!
This was an interesting exploration, since I don’t use a lot of saturated reds in my paintings. Thankfully, I didn’t experience spontaneous combustion or any other strange phenomenon during the process, so I may have to try it again sometime.
Driving along the West Bay of Traverse City, I silently soaked up orchards, vineyards, barns and fields. The orchards were still sleeping…no blossoms yet. The feeling and the colors in the atmosphere were etched in my memory and burrowed deeply into my soul…until the moment they could find expression.
Finished about a month ago, this painting never got posted. It was probably a subconscious attempt to keep it for myself. The works from my cloud series continue to be claimed quickly, but I’m being selfish and keeping this one above my mantle for as long as I can. There’s something about the expanse of sky in an open field that is satisfying a need deep within me. There’s a season for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1) and this is apparently my season to “look up!”
For those who aren’t drawn as much to the rural landscape as, say, urban expressions, I still have many pieces available in that vein which you can see under the home page (Paintings) tab.
Many blessings to you all, and may your soul also “look up!”
Out for a drive on a rare day when I was physically able to leave the house this summer, I was snapping photos of any kind of resources I could get. The clouds in the sky became so interesting! And then we drove by this farm, and I felt like I won the lottery. My reference photo was nearly black and white due to the overcast quality of the weather, so back in the studio I took many liberties and painted some of my favorite colors.
Speaking of colors, I think I can safely say that my favorite complementary colors (across the color wheel from each other) are blue and orangey varieties. You may have noticed that palette crop up quite a bit in my paintings.
This photo is a little darker than the actual painting. As I always recommend with an extra-large painting such as this, you have to see it in person! It’s the only way to truly appreciate the layers as well as the energy and emotions of the brushstrokes and knife work.