Monday, December 31, 2012
Creatively, I began this year working on a series of canvases based on my 2011 trip to Palm Springs, California. It took me some time to get over the spectacular light and colors of that area. I then worked from satellite imagery of my hometown, Raleigh NC. I also returned to Yosemite, California (inspirationally, at least) to complete a series of small studies, and then turned to night scenes. Oddly enough, I close the 2012 calendar having created small works based on nothing -- imaginary landscape studies that revolved around what I decided to call a "reflecting pool." I have no conscious idea where these came from in my mind. They just seemed to occur.
"Untitled (Reflecting Pool #1)." Oil on canvas, 8 x 10 inches. Completed November 2012.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
"Red Barn in Winter." Oil on stretched canvas, 8 x 10 inches. Completed November 2012.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Last month I decided to try a commercially-produced painting medium. I purchased Winsor & Newton's Oil Colour Artists' Painting Medium, and tried it out on this little canvas. I love how this medium adds vibrancy to the colors, and it dried in a uniform manner. It also added an element of slickness to the paint that I have found very appealing during the painting process.
"Night Windows #1." Oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches. Completed November 2012.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
"Yosemite Study #6: Upper Yosemite Fall." Oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches. Completed October 2012.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
"Yosemite Study #5: Nevada Fall." Oil on stretched canvas, 14 x 11 inches. Completed October 2012.