Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tree by Pond, Quiet Light

Quiet, simple pose of tree and reflections. Beautiful greens and greys. Hot again!

11 x 11 inches (28 x 28 cm), oil on hardboard, white wood frame, $175 plus shipping ($20 domestic and $40 international). For Maryland residents: 6% added to cover sales tax.

$250 total (frame, shipping, and all taxes included).


Monday, June 10, 2013

View Across Pond, Windy Trees

12 x 10 inches, oil on board, 2013. Wind in gusts whipping up these trees by the pond. Bright white and violet clouds driving across a stormy sky.

$250 total (frame, shipping, and all taxes included).

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Give It Life

When I paint, I still have that feeling of "I don't know what I'm doing." But as my friend, the watercolorist Eva Bender, pointed out to me recently, if I had it all figured out, I probably wouldn't want to do it anymore.  Since it's endlessly mysterious, it's endlessly alluring. 

I did one with wind in the trees where I feel like the the wind is there in the movement, and the cool feeling of the grey/violet day is there in the colors...

View Across Pond, Windy Trees

Maybe that's all I'm ever looking for?  I don't know.  I keep wondering:  Too realistic?  That is, boringly representational?  But I need to give that up:  my aesthetic, and my emotional connection to painting, is tied to representation (-alism).  But I'm always questioning how far to spool out.  Maybe the answer, or the organizing principle anyway, could be:  As far as possible, without making mishmash.  Though I like Joan Mitchell's mishmash.  But her work has less to do with moment/atmosphere/place than I want.  And as Robert Henri said, the idea is to do something no one else has done.

When I look at really wild and suggestive stuff, sometimes I want to go there.  Again, toward things that look like marks on a page, with an empty background.  But more, I want to get close to what Monet was doing—responding wildly, but with a passionate involvement in something, not in himself.  I keep thinking:  I want to "give life to" something, rather than impose myself on it.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Trees by Pond, Violet

10 x 12 inches, oil on board, 2013. Another view of the shoreline—beautiful tangle of branches and cascading leaves.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Trees by Pond, Blue

10 x 12 inches, oil on board, 2013. HOT—happy to find a spot in the shade. Looking for images with a range of color these days (in what feels like a sea of summer green). Beautiful views through trees at the shoreline of the pond. The light kept changing—finished with sunshine and bright colors.

$250 total (frame, shipping, and all taxes included).

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