Looking Through

TM9117 Looking Through #2 7×7 oil on paper

TM9116 Looking Through #1 7×7 oil on paper

TM9118 Looking Through #3 7×7 oil on paper

Many of my paintings are about looking through or past one thing to see something else. These three small paintings continue that exploration. The first two are looking through trees to see the sky and clouds, while the third painting looks through a light haze of pollen on water to see trees and clouds reflected in the pond.

In all the paintings I used a palette knife and lots of Liquin alkyd medium to capture the gestures of leaves moving. I found the addition of crisp pencil work contrasted well with the broad painterly gestures. For the third painting, I painted the reflections much as I had painted the trees in the first two, but then I rolled a semi-transparent glaze of pale gray over the lower portion, emulating the haze of pollen. A suggestion of duckweed near the bottom confirmed the plane of the water. Enjoy.


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