Empire State #1 – Gorge

TM8451 Empire State #1 - Gorge 30x30 oil on panel

TM8451 Empire State #1 – Gorge 30×30 oil on panel

Getting lost is the only way to discover something worthwhile. I let myself get lost often. A few years ago, I was tooling around western New York State, lost, and enjoying some of the most gorgeous farmland and waterways I’ve ever seen. I don’t know where I was when I turned a bend and came upon this lovely scene, probably somewhere not too far from Rochester. I’ve tried painting it many times since, but this week I think I may have finally found its essential character. Painting all the pondscapes helped me to understand the water, and a new approach to simplifying trees helped too. Restraint, plus establishing accurate gestures and values with the base layer allowed the painting to develop rather quickly. I have to admit my debt to the Hudson River painters. When I started seriously painting, they were among my first “mentors”, along with the early Dutch landscapists.  I admire the way both groups of artists respected the integrity of the subject. Their approach has certainly informed the way I work as well.  Enjoy!

TM8451 Empire State #1 Gorge, detail of foreground trees

TM8451 Empire State #1 Gorge, detail of foreground trees

TM8451 Empire State #1 - Gorge, detail from left side of granite wall and vegetation

TM8451 Empire State #1 – Gorge, detail from left side of granite wall and vegetation

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4 thoughts on “Empire State #1 – Gorge

    • Thank you Marjorie. It feels like I’m beginning to understand what the art of painting can be – very exciting days in the studio. BY the way, the invitation to your current show is lovely – good luck with it!

  1. Beautiful! I love the horizontal light in the water that contrasts with the vertical trees. The Hudson River painters would like that their tradition continues. I admire your success with the rocks. It is something that I need to work on.

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