Friday, November 6, 2009
man vs nature
As a painter I am drawn to the wonderful "chaos" that is a wild field. The sweetest light of the day, the magic hours of dawn and dusk, are my chosen times to paint. Therefore each day, regardless of the weather, I tie on my hiking boots and head to the fields. I paint from life so that I can feel the poetry that is light. Sometimes I use my smaller plein air paintings to allow me to create larger studio works. When beginning a painting I first set the tone and value with thin washes of watercolor or oil. next I use my pastel as a glazing medium, layering one color on top of another in a translucent fashion to heighten the vibration between colors and the feeling of light. Subtle play between warm and cool colors, transparent and opague passages intrigue me.
Sublime was a term that cam to mind when painting the fields: the elevating of this classic/common northeast landscape to the greatness which it deserves. that was my mission. A mission I accepted with the love and seriousness it required.
So please take a moment and savor the timeless, bittersweet feeling of something special lost forever.