Mixed Media 6″ x 6″
Mixed Media 6″ x 6″
Do you know the movie “I Know Where I’m Going” starring Wendy Hiller?
This is what my painting reminds me of – the famous scene of the dark whirlpool pulling the boat deeper toward the vortex.
Hiller, as Joan, is on her way to the fictitious isle of Kiloran to marry a rich industrialist. She ends up having to wait out a storm on the Isle of Mull, incidentally one of my favorite places, and the easiest way to get to the beautiful isles of Iona and Staffa. We once had a boat trip similar to the one shown in this movie on our way to see the basalt walled Fingal’s Cave. Mendelssohn wrote a wonderful overture Fingal’s Cave Overture (The Hebrides). Click on the link if you would like to hear the Gary Schneider conducting while viewing some incredible photos of Fingal’s Cave.
Another quick segue here. This summer we saw the Turner exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum. There was a wonderful painting in the exhibit entitled Fingal’s Cave. We were so disappointed that the curator stated that this was a “fictitious cave”. We were compelled to write comments to request the error be corrected. People take the written word as fact and it is important for museums to provide accurate information
Anyway, back to the story. Hiller as Joan meets a naval captain who woes her. He is also going to Kiloran and is the true owner of the island and estate that Joan’s finance claims is his. While Joan finagles a way over to the isle of Kiloran, her suitor hops into the boat and they set off straight into the Corryvreckan Whirlpool. The scene is outrageous and you think they are all going into the vortex but at the last-minute the fisherman gets the engine started and off they go. And of course Joan marries the suitor over the rich industrialist.
Back to the painting. I was trying to create a type of vortex and when I added bronze gouache, I saw that I had an image taking flight. Having wings is a good way to stay out of a whirlpool.
Mixed Media 6″ x 6″
Symbols banging, waves crashing, engines revving, pans dropping. Clash, bang, boom.
It is day 4 of Leslie Saeta’s 30 in 30 and I am working hard to figure things out when making abstract paintings.
There is so much freedom, but the whole needs to synthesize drawing you in and evoking feeling. Today I worked on creating energy in my painting. Can you feel it?
Mixed Media 6″ x 6″ SOLD
I am enjoying working and reworking a surface without getting caught up in the fine detail of my usual work. I do find that I am spending more time on my abstracts than I thought as I like to impregnate the image with color. This painting changes color in sunlight as you will see below, but best to keep paintings away from direct sunlight.
The image in the center is a piece of sponge that washed ashore after a particularly strong storm. I was able to collect several pieces that I am using for inspiration.
The lovely cobalt blue gouache and deep purple watercolors do not show up as well in the sunlight. The acrylic gold and bronze are painted over the watercolor and gouache and then worked by removing the metallic paint with a cloth or paper towel to get more texture on the surface.
Ebb and Flow
Watercolor 10″ x 8″ on 3/4″ Cradle board $50.00
Happy New Year! 2014 was a year of transition as I fully moved my practice to the south shore of Massachusetts. Winter and Spring were long and cool. Summer was filed with swimming, fishing and plenty of good eats from the sea. Before I knew it, fall was upon us and it was time to make our trek to Bennington for parents weekend (always a delight mixed with a hint of envy). Sunsets have been dramatic year round. The light is wonderful in this area. We have been blessed with good health, loving family and friends and good food. Arthur and Bitsy have been steadfast companions.
I am again participating in Leslie Saeta’s 30 in 30 challenge for the month of January. Nearly 1000 artists are participating from around the globe.I am moving outside my comfort zone to explore some more abstract paintings. It is time to challenge myself with some thing different, but I am continuing to make a sea series in watercolor.
Thank you everyone who was filled my blog over the past several years. I am so thankful for your support and comments. Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2015!