Location! [Sold] 12x12, Oil, alla-prima.
Post 'vacation' in a wintery-frozen landscape, I'm now back to my beloved warm sand and palm trees. Today I'm selecting from the archives. About 5 years ago, of my first few, "Location" was my first local landscape to sell from Eastern Shore Art Center, Fairhope. As I was just learning to play with the palette knife, I discovered a freedom that is not easily acquired with a brush. I like the variety of paint application: sometimes thick, occasional scratched-out palms, and the scumbled powdery sand. I remember my sister inquiring about the coral spots, my bright undertones. I think it adds electricity, a warm glow that I didn't want to cover up. So I didn't. Plus I added a little sample of the Gulf over the hill to get you moving.
Extra thoughts, notes scribbled at Carolyn Anderson's workshop, Weekend with the Masters 2011:
"If my work does not surprise me, how can I expect it to wow and dazzle anyone else."
"We evaluate information by what we like."
"Your brain determines what you see."
"Hopefully as artists, we can organize info in a more interesting, unpredictable way."
"dynamic tension --- created by shapes"
"learn to evaluate in visual ways."
"variations of the same language"
"reality and what you want it to be: two different things."
"the process creates the information --- painting is a process."
"the principle of local color - your worst enemy."
"negative and positive shapes combined"
"Put down what you think is interesting."
"Push light and shadow to say what's important to you."
"a painting that moves ~~~ on the cusp of a movement!"
"I have to go someplace I haven't been before; have to be open to doing something I haven't done before." (She doesn't try to visualize the finished painting and sees that as not risking, control.)