Ok, sometimes the view is utterly romantic and you just have to run with it. This painting is of my favorite pond the morning after a storm. The lilies were knocked around a bit, and lost a few petals, which only added grace notes to the composition. One reward of visiting a place almost daily is the chance discovery of something out of the ordinary. I call it the telling detail – an observed fact that sets a context for the whole and reinforces the reality of the place and the painting. I hunt for these details with my camera – the perfect falling leaf, the torn petal, the frowsy lily – all have something special to say when placed in a painting. Enjoy! Details below.
God, Teri, these new pieces are so gorgeous / you are a “painters painter” and I especially love the deep dark colors as a contrast to the brights….just beautiful !
Thanks Mark – that means a lot coming from you. The pondscapes seem to have opened a new way to think about painting and color (for me). Sometimes I wish I had two bodies and 48 hours in the day so I could try more approaches to painting this new subject. I’m sending a huge show down to Sono Galerie in Connecticut next month – got my fingers crossed…
Very romantic indeed! Lots of color but muted. Monet-ish, for lack of a better word. Congratulations on the show at Sono Galerie.
Thank you. I think Monet used the water lilies as an excuse to pursue more abstract art – he was most interested in the space between the lilies. I might be doing the same, though I’m trying to respect the intergrity and individuality of the lilies. It’s all an experiment!
Beautiful experiment nonetheless!