20 X 30
Sunday, April 16, 2017
I have finished a new painting that I've entered into the Art Map Landscape Calendar contest. I don't get too excited about painting large spaces of green in landscapes, so it was a challenge to use this particular photo reference! It was taken at a spot between Durham and Hanover, that I spotted a couple of years ago. It was such a gorgeous sight in early spring that I stopped the car to take the photo. The water and the sky were a brilliant, clear blue that took my breath away. My dislike of painting pure landscapes (can't there be a barn? a house? at least a fence?) meant that I put off using the photo until I needed something exciting for the next calendar. But there were all those cedar trees, looking the same except for their size. I tried a couple of different styles for them, until I stayed with the shapes that you can see here. Simple shapes. Abstracted shapes. Stylized shapes. I like those shapes. Simple shapes are good. Even the reeds in the foreground turned into shapes. Simple shapes. Abstracted shapes. Whether it gets in the calendar or not, I have learned lots by working through it. But I still don't care for large spaces of green!