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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An abandoned house may not be the first choice when searching for a subject of loveliness to grace the walls of a home. But who can deny its beauty when seen through the eyes of the one who holds the paintbrush?
If it was up to me, I would purchase this building, and then cleanse and restore the interior so that life would once again flow in and out, and the structure would fulfill its intended purpose of functionality and fruitfulness. But I wouldn’t cover over the chipped paint and other scars on the outside. For some reason, that is beautiful to me, and tells the story of a hard-fought existence, and possible battle wounds that brought it this far. The history may have been painful, but the redemption process would change everything.
If you saw my last blog post, you know I’m on a roll with this treasured schoolhouse. This close-up was calling for a very large (48″ x 48″) interpretation, which also meant that it would have to be approached with a slightly more modern feel. You may not be able to tell by the photo, but the painting fades off on the bottom portion to an untouched white canvas, except for the 3 drips which made their way down right at the beginning and claimed their place.
Does this make you crave fudge, by any chance? Or a leisurely horse and carriage ride? There’s something unique about Mackinac Island that I’ve never experienced anywhere else. The lake, on the bright summer day I snapped this photo, looked bright blue like this. And that white building, with its reflection in the water… . My, oh my. It almost makes my eyes squint just thinking about it.
This is my second interpretation of the Mackinac Island docks. You may have seen the first one…titled “One Last Goodbye,” painted from a view during the fall when the island was closing down for the year. That first painting just came back from a juried exhibition where it won a very nice award.
I was not able to participate in Leland’s Plein Air Event this year, as I was attending LaFontsee Gallery’s reception for the opening of their Douglas location. So, in honor of the Old Art Building there in Leland, I just had to paint another version of it.
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.