recent months I have been painting small landscape studies,
focusing on new ideas and techniques. The three paintings
shown below are examples of my new work. Painting with limited
palettes and new mediums, I am exploring uncharted territories
within my own artistic soul, searching for my personal vision
in the art world.
the northern most end of Caumsett State Park, is a narrow
trail that winds it's way along the beach. The landscape is
made up of mostly grasses, small pines and marsh. I find trails
to be intriguing. Where do they lead? Who walked them before
me? What will I find around the bend? Trails have a certain
amount of mystery to them...even when the land is flat, and
you can see what is there.
was inspired by the rocks, with their different colors and
textures. Some are smooth, almost round, while others are
rough and have sharp angles. Colors such as, pinks, blues,
grays, oranges, greens, enhance the different personalities
of each rock. How many storms they must have weathered? Do
they like people climbing and sitting upon them? Facing west,
I bet they have seen countless numbers of beautiful sunsets...but
do they long to see a sunrise?
that wall of trees, one finds color and light in the field
behind. I was out for an early morning walk when I spotted
this scene. Unfortunately, I did not have my paint box with
me...so I took some pictures instead. What I want to point
out here, is this is my first painting using casein paints.
I have never heard of casein before...let alone ever painted
with medium. Casein has characteristics all of it's own, and
cannot be compared to any other medium.
Year, New Paintings, New Beginnings!
all! Welcome to my new Art Journal page! In this journal,
I will share my thoughts about painting and art in general.
early morning walk in the woods can yield many opportunities
for paintings. On this particular walk, the sun was rising
behind the trees in front of me and an early morning fog was
just starting to lift. Through the trees was a hazy, misty
atmosphere, and I knew I wanted to capture that feeling in
Mountain Trail, was the result of that morning walk. The rising
sun had not yet crested the top of the trees, so the light
was soft and even. Armed with my camera, I took a few shots
of the scene...thinking back now, I wish I would have taken
my paint box out that morning, instead. Usually, when scouting
a new area for the first time, I find it easier to do with
a camera instead of paint gear.
I use oils, but I painted this using acrylics. I have been
experimenting with Golden Open Acrylics since the summer...quite
different from oils, but since they have a longer drying time,
they can be applied using some of the same techniques. Overall,
so far, I like the results.