Sunday, June 21, 2020

New Work: The Light in the World III, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches


The Light in the World III, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches
Saks Galleries, Denver, CO   $6650 framed
It's refreshing to discover a new motif, another theme to explore. Most artists work alone and new, stimulating ideas are welcome. I have done a number of cloud oils and have avoided portraying them accurately. After all, clouds are always in movement so I am free to use whatever parts express them best.

Lately, I've begun a new series of paintings and wanted to do an oil of clouds minimally, with the emphasis on light. The common theme in all of these, "The Light in the World" series paintings is light expressed and diffused throughout the scene, often in an etherial way.

Color rather than composition is primary here and the many combinations have the singular purpose of creating a glow that in every part of the canvas. There were many sessions in the studio with this one but finally, the oil started to come together with each part of the scene contributing to the other.

This oil really has a presence and a life to it now and it will inspire new ideas.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

New Work: The Light in the World IV, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches

The Light in the World IV, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 inches
Saks Galleries, Denver, CO   $6650 framed

What is it that brings me into the studio to create new works?

Certainly, it's not the same each day but there are consistencies. I'm often aware of the challenge to make a work of art that is of a high quality, something fine and lasting. It often means taking the ordinary and going to new and interesting places. Sometimes the painting takes you there and other times there is a struggle.
With each new painting something is learned and artists of experience have more solutions to the problems that paintings in progress demand. At times there are two visions at work - that of the artist and the present demands of the canvas.

This work began as tight bands of colored clouds interspersed with a very electric orange light. I successfully did that painting but something happened below in was was to be a dark, low detail foreground. It need more light to work to the bright orange bands in the sky.

Once I lightened up the land mass and put in a few more bits of detail, the very stark, almost abstracted cloud bands at the top were out of place with the more literal looking land below. I cut back the orange in the sky and focused instead on all of the other cloud bands, establishing each with an individual glow.

Suddenly, I was right back in a new series of paintings I had just started, "The Light in the World' where the entire scene is diffused with an etherial light. This painting had a mind of ts own and it was an improvement from the first idea and I was happy to go along.