Sunday, December 30, 2018

Grateful Notices: Color at the Edge of the Lake, oil on canvas, 30 x 48 inches

Color at the Edge of the Lake, oil on canvas, 30 x 48 inches
Private collection
Exhibited: Dominique Boisjoli Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

It was a nice surprise to get a call from Dominique with the news that one of her clients had just purchased this painting for their home. I was in the Colorado mountains at the time with views of a snowy paradise all around and the gallery call just capped an already perfect day. Thank you!

Here are the earlier blog notes describing this painting:

I was visiting a friend in the Baltimore area some years ago and came across a photo from that trip, a small stand of trees at the edge of a lake. The photograph was very different, with even lighting and all green foliage.

Regardless, I liked the composition and began the painting with a somewhat subdued palette. After a few sessions, the painting evolved into scene with the light coming in from the back, accentuating the dark trunks in the foreground,

There is a lot of color involved, each with its own part of the tapestry. Earlier, the foreground was darker with more blues but I later opted for a soft carpet of jewel tones spaced among the slightly glowing greens. 

At this point, the subdued palette idea went out the window once I added the more powerful colors to the wall of trees beyond the lake. It was a delight to push the color back there and now I'll pass it onto you.

Monday, December 17, 2018

New Work: Iridescent Lake II, oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches

 Iridescent Lake II, oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches  $2450 framed

Sometimes you just want to do a painting in a different way. This #II version is very similar to the first version below and the obvious difference is the yellow color shift. With this newer version, I opted for more open brush work and it yields a different quality to all of the elements in the scene.

Each time a new work is started, it presents new opportunities for learning and experimentation and as these two works show, so-called small changes can produce big effects.

Iridescent Lake II
Oil on panel, 24 x 24  $2450 framed
Dominique Boisjoli Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

Here's the earlier blog post for this oil