Who could get tired of the hypnotizing effect of watching the waves come in? Not me. Below are four more small oils, alliteratively delivered for your enjoyment.
The small oil on paper paintings are the best way I know to practice improvisational painting. The inspiration can be plein air looking, or a few photographs taken on a walk. Either way, doing the paintings as quickly as possible, and feeling free to exaggerate, pretend, make mistakes, and try again….allows the imagination to roam while being anchored to reality. While the results look good, it’s the lessons learned from the accidents and the freedom to improvise that I hope will carry over to the larger paintings.
Life can be a cacophony, and there are times when we all need a break. My solution is to bury myself in the studio, put a Yo Yo Ma compact disk in the player, and dive into some waves. The glories of Bach, Ma’s expressive cello, and my imagined sea will usually see me through. Something about the back and forth rhythm of painting waves, the way of the body aligns its movements to the music and the subject, the need to concentrate on precise linear patterns….it soothes the spirit and nourishes the soul. Maybe that explains the title. I painted my first Listen painting not long ago. This painting is titled Listen Again. I suspect there will be another……Enjoy.
I love September. The cooler temperatures energize me, and the changing colors sparkle, but saying good-by to August’s light is always hard. A few more small paintings are my way of saying adieu.
The title says it all, and it doesn’t matter which cape. Hazy, bright light with the tide coming in, small-grained sand underfoot, a breeze. It’s a perfect day for a long walk on the beach, with clams at the destination.
Painting is about observation and reflection, putting into the painting one’s own mood, desires, and sometimes a bit of wish fulfillment…like those clams….or maybe fish tacos…..Enjoy!
Summer offers ample opportunities for doing quick oil studies on prepared paper. I think of them as experiments in spontaneity, or exercises for staying loose and keeping my reactions sharp. Either way, they are lots of fun.Some below, more to follow. Enjoy.
In the June 2016 issue of American Art Collector, my Shorelines exhibit is previewed (opening June 2 at Arden Gallery in Boston, MA).
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