The Day After

TM8397 The Day After 30x36 oil on panel

TM8397 The Day After 30×36 oil on panel

Ok, sometimes the view is utterly romantic and you just have to run with it. This painting is of my favorite pond the morning after a storm.  The lilies were knocked around a bit, and lost a few petals, which only added grace notes to the composition. One reward of visiting a place almost daily is the chance discovery of something out of the ordinary. I call it the telling detail – an observed fact that sets a context for the whole and reinforces the reality of the place and the painting. I hunt for these details with my camera – the perfect falling leaf, the torn petal, the frowsy lily – all have something special to say when placed in a painting. Enjoy! Details below.

TM8397 The Day After (detail lily pads and flower, left foreground)

TM8397 The Day After (detail lily pads and flower, left foreground)

TM8397 The Day After (detail of lily, reflections, and floating petals)

TM8397 The Day After (detail of lily, reflections, and floating petals)

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5 thoughts on “The Day After

  1. God, Teri, these new pieces are so gorgeous / you are a “painters painter” and I especially love the deep dark colors as a contrast to the brights….just beautiful !

    Warmly, Mark

    • Thanks Mark – that means a lot coming from you. The pondscapes seem to have opened a new way to think about painting and color (for me). Sometimes I wish I had two bodies and 48 hours in the day so I could try more approaches to painting this new subject. I’m sending a huge show down to Sono Galerie in Connecticut next month – got my fingers crossed…

    • Thank you. I think Monet used the water lilies as an excuse to pursue more abstract art – he was most interested in the space between the lilies. I might be doing the same, though I’m trying to respect the intergrity and individuality of the lilies. It’s all an experiment!

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