I’ve been striving to take my paintings beyond a good likeness of the scene and into something painterly, exciting, full of life. So I seek out those qualities in other painters, and even going so far as copying their work, to help me feel handling paint differently and find out what it takes to create a certain look.
Last week I painted out at a local spot nearby and found reasonable success but I wanted to use what I learned there and back up, see a longer row of eucalyptus trees, make the subject less about the horse and barn and more about the setting, the place.
This small painting accomplishes my goals, not just to change the composition, but more importantly to add more paint and allow more freedom and life to the picture. I will try it again, bigger, on a board not simply canvas paper. Very happy with this new direction!
I’ve painted these trees many times. Each time, I see them differently. They are patient and lovely and always exciting. I even see them from my kitchen window and watch the wind blow through their branches. As if they are waving.
Today, I was the second pass on this painting that I started last week and have only just gotten back to. I’m going to have to pick off some debris when it’s dry, it was windy out there, but I’m happy with it now.
I’m very excited to be signed up for a painting class at the College of Marin with Chester Arnold. Chester is a valuable resource, a painting teacher with amazing depth and thousands(?) of students in the bay area. And he’s a farmers’ market regular at our stand! I look forward to learning and sharing.
After the first pass…
Paul got me…
I got the pickles canned, then felt entitled to paint for the rest of the day!
I’ve decided (thanks for the push, you know who you are) to begin posting prices with my finished paintings. E-mail me if you would like to buy. I’ll be sure to add dimensions and medium.
Oil on board; 9 x 12″; $200
This next one is stemming from my obsession right now with cabbage. The colors of the leaves in the field as it grows are so subtle and luminous, unusual and fascinating. I stood out in the patch and was utterly overwhelmed and quickly over-faced. (My horse friends will know what I mean.) But I will tackle it again as the challenge is on!