Pondly Thoughts

TM9686 Pondly Thoughts 30×50 oil on panel

More experimenting with knife and roller – and moments of glee when something interesting happens. Working on this painting it sometimes felt like Uncle Claude was perched on my shoulder. Monet’s waterlily paintings, especially the late ones with their ropy paint, are related to “Pondly Thoughts”. I think Monet would have loved working with the roller, discovering more ways to layer. We certainly share an affinity with water and its mutability. Monet had his garden and pond, I have my swamp. Two artists happy as larks. Details below. Enjoy.

TM9686 Pondly Thoughts – detail from upper left
TM9686 Pondly Thoughts – detail from upper right
TM9686 Pondly Thoughts – close-up
TM9686 Pondly Thoughts – detail from lower center left
TM9686 Pondly Thoughts – detail from center

Technical painting notes: I started with a rolled dark layer, working toward the light in successive brushed and rolled layers. Glazes modelled the color. I used brushwork to define some of the negative, light areas, then rolled them to soften the edges and spread the color. Knife work focused the leaves, which were overpainted and rolled to create mysterious shapes under the over-rolled surface. A little spatter, some scraping, more glazing, etc. Eventually it seemed to reach a balance that spoke to describing the pond and its environment while keeping to my new motto of interesting paint!

Meditation on Poetry and Motion

TM9685 Meditation on Poetry and Motion 30×54 oil on panel

Listening to the rustle of leaves, watching the reflections shift across the surface of the water, sometimes it feels like I’ve walked into a poem, as though the colors were words holding the full spectrum of possible description. Time stretches. I feel myself disappearing………. Enjoy.

TM9685 Meditation on Poetry and Motion – detail from upper left
TM9685 Meditation on Poetry and Motion – detail from center left
TM9685 Meditation on Poetry and Motion – detail from lower left
TM9685 Meditation on Poetry and Motion – detail from right side

Dear November

TM9295 Dear November 42×48 oil on panel

Early November is gold and bronze, with a touch of lingering crimson, at least around here, but late November shifts into the cooler colors. The dried, pale and papery leaves that hang on all winter are beginning to take over. I love them. So stubborn. Dear November is about the moment of transition. Grays and neutral colors are coming in, and our only memory of summer will be in those dangling, paper-thin leaves. Details below.  Enjoy,

TM9295 Dear November – detail from top of painting showing use of calligraphic brush work

TM9295 Dear November – detail from left of center with blowing leaves, and showing use of interwoven brush and roller strokes

Praise Poem to November

TM9293 Praise Poem to November 42×48 oil on panel

It seems odd to be singing the praises of November in April, but with a show scheduled for fall of 2020 at the Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary, I’m excited to be embracing the glorious fall months. The show will be devoted to the woods and trees, including paintings inspired by the visitor center’s glass, two-story observation space which looks out onto classic New England woodlands. I fell in love wit the view through the trees at bird level. Hello sparrow! More to come…..enjoy.

TM9293 Praise Poem to November – detail

TM9293 Praise Poem to November – detail from left of center showing effects of blowing wind, with brush, roller, and spatter applications of paint

TM9293 Praise Poem to November – detail from upper center

Technical painting notes: The new paintings make more use of the roller than earlier work. The roller allows one to quickly blend and soften edges, The contrast of painted and rolled lines adds variety.