Nothing happens in isolation. These small dune studies, done in preparation for larger paintings, may, instead, lead to a whole new color-field direction for my coastal work…..
There’s such a challenge painting dunes – the grasses and vegetation, the shifting sands, the soft and muted colors later in the year. I think it’s all those in-between colors that first drew me in, and the open space. There’s also a quality of emptiness, despite the vibrant life that calls this environment home. The dunes, being un-anchored, also remind me of the transience of life. Things happen and disappear. I think on that. Details below.
Technical painting notes: I used many monoprint techniques on this painting, beginning with a roll-up of umber and sienna oil paints which were manipulated to capture the broader shapes and gestures of the scene. Scraping and blotting, spatter, and pressing textures into the wet paint gave me myriad textures to emulate plant growth. When the base layer was dry, I used spatter, brushwork, and more scraping to define areas. Very thin applications of paint (with roller and brush) established the sand. I liked the vague edges of rolling “sand” over “plant”, and decided to keep the lower part of the painting more suggestive, (the dunes are about shift and change). Details were developed in the middle ground, contrasting with the darker band of sea and sky above it.
This past week’s two major storms sent waves up and over everything. These four small studies focus on the tremendous force and released energy of waves…..at a safe size. Enjoy.
So many storms, so many gray skies – it was such a pleasure to finally see the blue returning. Rambunctious rollers and lifting clouds say it all. Enjoy.
The bar of turquoise on the horizon was the starting point for this meditation on evening. There’s a hint of coral in the sky, more like an afterglow and counterpoint to the turquoise, along with a ghost of teal green near the shallows. Like the colors, the action in the water is predictably rhythmic and soothing. Maybe it’s a painted lullaby…..enjoy.
Of course there is no one way for the ocean to be, or a wave, but in my imagination this is what I see – a luminous wave in a watery world, making my acquaintance on a sunlit day. This is my meditation wave, the one that gets me through, the one I remember. And it’s for you too. Enjoy.
Some days, it seems like the waves are teasing me, with each crest sliding and dancing its way to shore. I hardly have time to see what’s happening before another little surprise bounces its way toward me. Later in the studio, I have just as much fun figuring out ways to capture those hiccups of water and splash. Details below. Enjoy.