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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My darling husband agreed to be photographed, to help show the scale of this painting. Isn’t he a nice guy?
Of all the autumn colors I love, yellow is the one which takes my breath away. Our trees aren’t far into turning, but the yellows in this field we drove by?…oh my! Needless to say, the star of this painting had to be yellow! And I mean *bright* yellow! And lots of shades of yellow.
The full painting is below. Plus a couple close-ups, because there’s lots of wonderful visual texture in this big painting.
This is not a sight I’ve ever seen in Michigan. While driving down a rural road we would normally never take, we just happened upon fields of beans (at least, that’s what locals are telling me it might be) whose leaves had just turned from green to the most beautiful shades of yellow and gold. I don’t know how long the color will last, or what happens next; but I’m so glad to have discovered this beauty.
I took probably 100 photos, over the course of two days, of one jaw-dropping scene after another: rolling yellow hills, bordered by diminishing layers of trees, with an occasional farmhouse thrown in for good measure. I can only hope that from the remaining photos, I am able to bring other scenes to life in a manner equal to this one.
I’ve gotten a bit behind on posting. Summer sales are off the charts again this year, which calls for extra studio time to try to keep the galleries supplied. I know, it’s a wonderful problem to have, and it’s never taken for granted.
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An abstraction of another view of these gorgeous, light-catching boats in Petoskey, Michigan resulted in my latest painting (below). The level of abstractedness I achieved was deeply satisfying.
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Another in the recent series of dunes, titled Dunes in Late Sun.
We’ll see how long this dunes craziness lasts! Dennis and I visited Lake Michigan’s sandy shoreline for two days last week in search of more fuel to possibly feed the fire. I’d say my favorite scenes were in Ludington State Park. We stayed at their campground again this year, in our 21-foot “van camper”. I should call it my Luxury Artmobile, because it’s the vehicle that enables us to take photo expeditions (for painting references), and deliver canvases of any size…with all the comforts of home. This tiny motor home has surely been a blessing to us.
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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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