This one was painted very thinly… almost like a watercolor effect.
I would like to paint two more in this series… bear with me : )
I think I see an abstract wilderness series in my future : ) These paintings may become less about a specific place.
As you probably already know, I was traveling through Alaska (Denali and the Kenai Peninsula) with a group from The Nature Conservancy. Alaska is vast! Many hours spent on a tour bus, boat or the Alaska Railroad (which is fabulous by the way… I highly recommend the train!) So I got my camera out, nothing fancy… a Canon G9… which I always shoot on automatic. I like not being in control and just seeing what happens. A lot of shots out the window were blurry… and I found that I liked that. Then, I decided to try to paint this effect so here is the result. I always like times when I can introduce abstraction into realism. Of course, the great painter Gerhard Richter who is well known for his “blurry” paintings was on my mind, too.
I thought this was finished, but I think I need to do just a bit more in the background. Here’s also the reference photo for this painting. I love all the greens! I had a lot of fun figuring out how to mix these using my restricted palette.
I’m thinking about leaving the bottom of this painting more unfinished. I took this shot at an angle to reduce the glare from my lights off the wet paint.
untitled, 9″ x 12″, oil on panel, nfs
The view out the window of an Alaska Railroad train as we traversed the wilderness.
9″ x 12″ oil on panel (gessobord), nfs
“Morning Moose” , 9″ x 12″, oil on panel (gessobord), nfs,
Some new paintings (studies) based on photographs from this summer’s trip to Alaska.
Another restricted palette (the same as Fall Wetland). But, this time the colors are more muted because I used the leftover paint from the Wetland painting and “mooshed” it all up… great fun! The green is from mixing mars black with cadmium yellow light. Nice browns from mixing mars black with cadmium red vermillion. I used the mooshed up paint to modify and soften the bright colors. White added to some mixtures and not others. All pretty intuitive and fun : ) I also used the palette knife quite a bit here as in Fall Wetland.
Just painted this little one today. Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving : )