Tapestry

TM8480 Tapestry 30x50 oil on panel

TM8480 Tapestry 30×50 oil on panel

This painting grew out of the experience of painting the foreground water in  Last Days of Summer.  The abstract patterning of reflections and vegetation on the water deserved to be the sole focus of a painting, so I started Tapestry before its predecessor was even finished. The result is a densely woven display of features from the pond’s surface – a tapestry of colors, textures, reflected lights, and floating leaves. it was an exhilarating process – figuring out how to encode the details while keeping the impression abstract. The feel of the painting is meditative – a restful play of color from a distance with an abundance of realistic details to savor up close. Details below. Enjoy.

TM8480 Tapestry - detail showing sunlight reflected off cloud and onto water, along with reflected tree trunks and floating leaves

TM8480 Tapestry – detail showing sunlight reflected off cloud and onto water, along with reflected tree trunks and floating leaves

TM8480 Tapestry - detail from slightly lower than center of right side showing layered direct painting, some scraping into base layer and through wet glazes, interweaving of light and shade

TM8480 Tapestry – detail from slightly lower than center of right side showing layered direct painting, some scraping into base layer and through wet glazes, interweaving of light and shade

TM8480 Tapestry - detail showing use of scraping,  spatter and blot in initial layer, transparent and translucent glazes

TM8480 Tapestry – detail showing use of scraping, spatter and blot in initial layer, transparent and translucent glazes

TM8480 Tapestry - detail from upper left corner with tree and sky reflections

TM8480 Tapestry – detail from upper left corner with tree and sky reflections

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