I love to paint and make photographs of water. Whether I make representational reflections of time or abstract pieces about the colors and textures of water in a given season at a specific time, I am in my element when water is my subject. Oh, and if I work with trees in a water scene, well, that’s nirvana for me. (I am a Pisces/Pisces, according to the astrological calendar.)
Right now, I am working on the series of paintings at right, using observations of what I see at the confluence of the Susquehanna River and Swatara Creek in Middletown, PA. combined with imagination.
Uncertain just now of which pieces will be installed next month at BWAC, I continue to paint others for this series, including two smaller textured encaustic paintings and a series of four, eight-by-eight canvases that are in the emerging stage.
As things usually happen though, the idea did not begin with this grouping. It began with three earlier paintings, two of which recently sold to a private collector and another of which I am hanging on to because it will be the first in the SPRING Water Series. “On the Pond,” at left, is a painting I made at last year’s Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen fall show in Blue Bell, a show I’ll do again in October 2012 and, again, I shall demonstrate mixed media painting techniques and tips.
“On the Pond” reminds me of a spring morning, April, perhaps, along the Swatara Creek. You see, even though I mostly work in the abstract with my paintings, most of them are based in reality. Spending time with “On the Pond” spurred me to create a diptych, “Misty Moments,” which sold to a private collector before it made it to the public. (Believe me, that is NOT a complaint.)
SOLD to Private Collector
Walking the pups one April evening, I saw the colors, textures and lighting that you see in “Misty Moments.” As soon as we returned home, I came here to the studio to paint what I had seen and to, of course, put my own imaginative twist on it.
As of right now, my plan is that once I complete the paintings that will exhibit at BWAC with fellow members of DPP, I will continue to develop water series based on spring, fall and winter and of the colors and textures of water at different times of the day and night.
Do you know what? It’s a great excuse for the pups and me to get outside. Not that we need an excuse.
Thanks for visiting. Please come back soon to see what swims to the surface in my studio.