20" x 20" (x 1.5")
oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
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Thursday, May 24, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
First Plein Air Painting of the Season
original oil on gessoed panel
6" x 12" x 3/8"
painting continues arounds sides for a beautiful finish.
Can a landscape love you back?
This was the first plein air painting of the season. The lure of the outdoors has been on me lately - the freshening breezes of spring, birds and bees humming in the blooming garden, sudden brightening of color - all have been sending the siren song - "come out, come out and play with us - and bring your paints!". But here I was, rusty, awkward, and gawky - unfamiliar with my outdoor equipment after months of studio painting. I thought I'd better ease into this plein air thing, unsure as I was feeling, yet anxious and exhilarated, too, at the prospect of being out in the real world with my paints again!
So, I thought I'd visit an old and trusted friend - I went to paint Pikes Peak and the Gateway Rocks. We love the Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak, and I think they love us back. I sure felt welcomed by my old friends today!
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Mini Masterpiece from the
Denver Botanic Gardens Series
Original oil on panel 12” x 6”
I’ve been creating a series of paintings from a late season visit to theDenver Botanic Gardens. This painting is a humble homage to some of my favorite painters – of course, Monet, but also Gustav Klimt. Why Klimt? We always think of Monet, the master, when it comes to waterlilies, but for some reason Klimt kept coming to me as I contemplated this painting.
Gustav Klimt, known for his gorgeous mosaic-like masterworks such as “the Kiss”, also created many landscape, lake and garden paintings. Many of these paintings were created in a long vertical format. The composition, mosaic-like brushstrokes and water all remind me of Klimt’s ethereal paintings. As artists, we are often inspired by those who have come before us – whose hand and eye have translated the world into unique expressions of beauty and grace.