hope you're enjoying the changing of the seasons as much as I am! The
leaves this fall have been particularly beautiful here on the east
coast, and I have to say I'll miss their vibrant colors as they flutter
down from their autumnal perch. I've been cherishing every hour spent
outside lately, observing nature in an attempt to absorb its beauty, so
that when I go into the studio, I'm full of inspiration and ready to
create. Below, I've included a few snapshots of and notes about my
creative process and some of the pieces I've been working on lately.
After warming up with a few gestural sketches, (kind of like
stretching before you go for a run) I prep the pieces, getting them
ready for their paint job. Sometimes, I will work on several pieces
simultaneously, this allows me to create a series of work that has a
common visual thread. Working on a small batch of pieces also allows me
to improve throughout the process! Quite often the last piece I create
is the best of the bunch!
More often than
not, the landscapes that I paint are conjured, and don't necessarily
depict anywhere specific. Generally, I don't paint from photographs- I
just start painting and little scenes start to appear organically!
I started this
new series of painted pieces, not really knowing how much fun it was
going to be! While I especially enjoy the process of creating and
painting them, the real fun comes from figuring out which places these
little landscapes resemble! Acadia National Park, the Promenade of
Versailles, my summer camp... these are just a few of the places that
folks have mentioned when describing what they see in my pieces!