This is one of few night scenes I have painted. I love the drama of night scenes! I’ve been getting somewhat bored with just regular day scenes. There seem to be a preponderance of paintings of landscapes of fields, woods, hills, trees, streams, and rocks. Don’t get me wrong, these are just as valuable and beautiful.
I love to do architecture. There is something about building up that geometric sense of structure, and the modeling that goes along with it. This is the Carondelet Park boathouse. This park is in south St. Louis, just 3 blocks from my home. One evening, my husband and I were there, just relaxing and enjoying the encroaching evening. Since this view faces east, the sky and resulting lake reflections are very blue. My favorite aspect of this, and the focal point, is actually the light, not any particular object. The building acts more as a support and as a secondary minor focal point. The light reflections on the water are the main focal point.
My palette was a titanium/zinc white, cadmium yellow medium, venetian red, mars violet deep, French ultramarine blue, terre vert, and burnt umber.
I’m really enjoying doing these abstract pieces. There is so much freedom of expression in abstract work. I don’t have to worry about making it look like a real object. When I first started painting, I was very uptight about making everything look true to life. I have a brain for exact detail, and it’s so easy to get caught up in the millions of details of nature. Whenever I do a representational work, I work from real life or a photo. When I do abstract work, I do it strictly from my imagination. I don’t have to worry about making some semblance of something “out there”.
This piece reminds me of pregnancy, womanhood, fertility, etc. It could be the eggs of marine life in some seaweed. It could be a woman’s womb with eggs in it. It has a very organic sense of rhythm and flow caused by the curved lines, and the lines that echo from each other.
After being very busy taking care of my 13 year old, who is off for the summer, my house and garden, and my health, I finally got back to my art today. I started out with a sheet of heavy duty black toothy pastel paper. I drew “S” curve lines on the paper, and fanned them out. Then, I drew in colors on each “S” curve, in the order of the color wheel. This makes it colorful, but yet harmonious. My color palette is red violet, red, red orange, orange, and yellow, with accents of green. The green accents add contrast, and interest. This piece has a nice flowing organic feel to it. It is all based on curves. At the same time, it is lively and colorful, and has a sense of controlled energy.
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I participated in a plein air event in rural Missouri years ago. In this scene, I’m seated at the corner of 2 country roads painting a homestead on a hill as the sun sets behind it. The lady that lived at the corner came out and spoke to me and was friendly and nice. This is in Defiance, Missouri. I love how the sky has the warm pinkish orange glow, and the long shadows of the trees on the gentle slope. I remember feeling peaceful and relaxed as I was painting this. I think this feeling came through in the art work.