In the Spirit of May

TM8980 New Leaves, Out for a Spin 7×7 oil on paper

TM8981 Giddy Yellow 7×7 oil on paper

Early May is full of yellow and yellow green leaves bursting out all over, shaking themselves out of their bud forms and reveling in the fresh air. There’s so much energy, and the question is how to paint that energy. The two small paintings above rely on layering  and a spontaneous approach with the palette knife. I use lots of Winsor Newton Liquin to keep the paint drippy and still maintain substance. Both paintings are views looking up, but could almost be looking down into the reflections of sky and leaves I often find at my favorite woodland pond. Looking up – looking down – it’s all good. Enjoy.

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