It’s hard to describe your own work. Here it is, look at it – what do you think?
I paint the things I’m attracted to, on location if possible; painting on location brings an immediacy to my work not often found in the studio. Some of my work is very detailed; if I am attracted to the intricacy of the subject I will often make a very thoughtful, intricate painting…I love to draw, and so a very detailed drawing is like solving a puzzle for me.
Some of my paintings are concerned with impressions, the way things make me feel, such as the way the colors of the sunset are echoed on the land…this is looser, more about color and less about detail. I like to paint the light instead of painting the figure; this allows me to show the model without a lot of detail, and also to weave the figure into the background. I try to always keep rhythm and a flowing line in my work.
I have a never ending fascination with the county fair, and am also enchanted with bull riding, perhaps because I love a huge gnarly sweaty crowd scene with lots of color and motion. My husband and I have just moved from rural western Pennsylvania to somewhat coastal Virginia; my plan is to temporarily abandon painting county fair scenes and focus on the beach. The crowd is just as fascinating, and the water as backdrop is just stellar...all those warm skin tones against the blue! Stay tuned.
Here are some brand new paintings from an October show called “Making Waves”, a collaboration between myself and Jennifer Galvin. Jen does paintings with paper pulp; I’m totally captivated by her work and have seen no one else do what she’s doing! Check out her art at jennifergalvin.com.
Click on the painting to view it at a larger size and see price and description. Many more of my paintings are on the “Recent Work” page…
Looking Into the Sun
I'm thrilled to report that this one just juried into the Virginia Watercolor Societies 43rd Annual Show, which takes place at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center in Waynesboro, VA. It hangs from June 10 through September 27.
Image size: 15 ¾” x 20 ¾”
Framed size: 25” x 30 ¼”
My favorite thing about this painting is the pattern of sun and shade on Mae’s skin; she’s the daughter of my neice and nephew, and I’ve painted her many times. Rosy, warm skin tones against the cool blues and greens of water – a combination I never tire of.
Her squint as she looks into the sun at her aunt, who is admiring Mae’s sandcastle while taking the photo, seems just magical to me. I painted the four beachgoers wading in the surf behind Mae with much less detail, so they would fade into the background…that was hard. This one is my favorite new painting!
Click on the painting to view it at a larger size and see price and description.
Many more of my paintings are on the “Recent Work” page…