“Green Field” was painted at the Leland Plein Air Painting event on May 27, 2017. As you can see from the photo below, my husband captured the scene while I did part of it upside down. I also completed a larger piece on the same day, but since bringing it home, have plans to make some revisions to it.
That evening at the reception, we enjoyed meeting some past collectors of my work (one couple has 5 pieces!), and some new friends and collectors as well. It’s such a privilege to spend time with other artists, too, and I especially loved talking with two fun and crazy ladies who painted at the alpaca farm.
I love the orchards and vineyards on this peninsula…one right after the other, not to mention the stunning view of the bay from both sides. This little house on a hill caught my attention coming, and going, and then circling around again to see it one more time!
I love to drink in this view whenever we take the back roads home from Holland. This scene has been calling my name for over two years, but I could never get a vision for how to express it with my voice. Then all of a sudden I looked at it, and there it was. Inspiration is funny that way.
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.
There are plenty of paintings I’ve abstracted in the past, where I ignore the reality in order to gain a desired result. However, there are certain boundaries I don’t cross concerning lighting. I usually stay consistent with the light’s effects from one object to the next in order to express something that is believable to the eyes.
I broke those rules a little on this painting to get some contrasts I wanted. You could say I created a bit of an unreality.
I snapped this photo during my last expedition to downtown Grand Rapids. The photo originally included the street and a bunch of other “noise.” But I often crop like crazy to get to what I really want: for me, it was these wires. In real life, there were about three times as many wires as what I painted.
This painting was interpreted from a photo I took during our adventures on Mackinac Island last year. I loved the way the glaring sun was washing out the old, white building. That’s my favorite part of Mackinac Island: old buildings.
This painting was a “do over,” so the canvas is rich and thick with texture! That’s how I like my forest paintings.
It’s time for a confession. When this painting was first completed, I disliked it so much, I put it in another room, facing the wall. (Kind of like a time out! Aww, poor painting.) A few months later, I picked up the canvas to see what it was, and lo and behold, I fell instantly in love with it! I could not believe how I hadn’t seen its beauty before. Maybe it was because as I was painting it, it wasn’t developing as I was expecting. Who knows? What I love about it now is the pure energy of it. And the colors. And the texture. What’s not to love about this painting?! I am sure there is a good life lesson here.
I will be exhibiting a large selection of my paintings (along with four other artists) in March, 2016 at the Wahlburg Gallery*, 201 Washington, Grand Haven, MI. The Opening Reception, with wine and refreshments, will be held on Friday, March 4, from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Artist Talks will take place at 7:00 pm. You are cordially invited to attend. If you are a “follower” on this page whom I don’t know personally, I would love to meet you!
The organizer of the show has encouraged me to include some smaller pieces, in addition to the large sized works I am known for, in order to provide some more-affordable options for those who would like to own one of my paintings. I was happy to comply, and have gathered and painted a selection of “small” works ranging from 16″ x 20″ to “24 x 30”. “Fog Lifting” (shown above) is one of those, and was just finished today.
*The Wahlburg Gallery exhibitions are in conjunction with Gallery Uptown, which is right next door in downtown Grand Haven.
Here are a few of the smaller paintings I plan to bring (if they are still available):
Red Tulip, 24″x18″ acrylic on canvas.
Paled by the Sun, 18″x24″ Acrylic on Canvas. Available for purchase.