I take note of the paintings that pull me in. Recently: landscapes. Scenes from nature.
What is highly compelling right now is expressive near-abstraction, if that's the correct term, i.e. those renderings that evoke the natural world with a few strokes of suggestion. I can feel my heart open. I can feel exquisitely what a TED speaker referred to, in a different context, as the compelling intersection of clarity and mystery.
I'd like to learn more about how to create expressive/abstract landscapes. How to see what might make a good painting. How to make a good painting from what I see.
On a recent walk back from Singing Beach, the merging of reflected foliage and actual grasses in an inlet caught my attention as the low sun created a spotlight. I snapped a photo.
Then went home to crop the photo until I'd squared off a snippet that appealed to me.
Painted it. Evoked the natural world with a few strokes of suggestion.
|Late Afternoon Razzle-Dazzle|
6x6", acrylic on gessobord
nature / abstract