Sunday, August 30, 2009

Lily Pads

There is nothing so sweet as spending a summer's day painting outside. Though the wind pushes at your easel like a sail and you inevitably forgot to pack a certain brush, it's still a privledge to spend the day running the view through the sieve of your brain. You have the privledge of describing your emotional reaction to the scene with paints on canvas. I was struck by the dark lake waters against the bright, light-reflecting lily pads and marsh grasses. "Lily Pads", 11x14" Oil on board.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

City Lights

The bright lights, throngs of people and energy of a big city can either make you weak with exhaustion or fill you to the brim with renewed energy. I'm the latter. The heart of a big city at night is a thrill to my heart. If I could dance, I would but I can't so I paint. I've tried to capture those feelings in this rather large (24x36") oil on board.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Pasture Blues

Boy does your vision change as you age. I used to go to this park all the time when my boys were young. Back then I saw the barn and woods as ideal places for little boys to explore. We'd spend all morning there till it was time to go home and boys would fall asleep in the car. I went there last week and set up my easel under the shadow of a huge tree on the wide open lawn and all I saw was color, light, form and shadow. My very first painting teacher told the class a true statement; if you become a painter, you'll never see the world the same way again. Pasture Blues is an oil painting on board, 12 x 16", $450