Thursday, June 21, 2007

rolling field edge

Here is a little study of an image I found in Iowa. I have always liked the barely-visible tree rows in the distance. On another note, I will be spending the next few days at an outdoor workshop learning about wild edible plants and flyfishing, among other things. I will not be posting again until early next week, but hopefully I will have plenty of great new images by then!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

heavy skies

I have always been drawn to images with rain-heavy skies. There is a drama inherent in the waiting for a downpour. I love deep green trees and dry golden fields begging the purple sky for rain.

deep twilight

When I came across this image among the thousands I have shot this summer for potential landscape reference, I immediately wanted to paint it. I love the way the light comes through the trees sharply, muting everything in front of it.

Monday, June 18, 2007

in vincent's shadow

Tonight I painted while listening to Simon Schama discuss the life and work of Van Gogh. I have always observed Van Gogh from a distance, perhaps made a little nervous by his dangerous, frenzied life. I make a living from painting, but he made a life from it. It is both inspiring and intimidating to hear the words of someone who coulld not separate life (or sanity) from paint.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

windswept tree

In passing, I noticed this tree along the roadside. The gesture of the branches and motion of the tree was what initially caught my attention. One of the things I like best about painting is its ability to transform the ordinary, everyday subject into something worthy of closer inspection.

new corn

I am experimenting with palettes for new pieces this month, and I am drawn to the subdued, warm tones in the sky and bare earth peeking between the rows of new corn.