This painting, oil on paper, is a scene that has intrigued me since we moved into this house. The late afternoon light from the west, hitting the eastern lanai wall and casting shadows from all the plants outside, is wild! The intensity of the light, the colors of the shadows, all seem rather regional and tropical. We didn’t get this kind of light back in NY, or MA! It is new and exciting, but tough getting it down on paper. Working at this is the best thing ever!
I started this piece with a different mindset. I was a bit stiff, and was feeling like I had to work. Not excited, or looking forward to painting. The colors were deep and orange, and rather dull. It felt like I was being too literal. What’s up with that???
So, I scraped the paint off, and decided to use a color I really liked. I mixed up some vibrant pink and purple, and there it was. Over the orange base. I think it worked out beautifully. And now I love this painting. Oil on paper. 30″ x 22″. With a white border, due to the painter’s tape. So, a little bigger than what I gave as actual paint dimensions. Full sheet of watercolor paper, gessoed. Enjoy!
As you probably have noticed, I don’t do figures often. When in art school, way, way back in the day, I loved figure drawing classes. But since then, I lost the passion. I enjoy painting lonely landscapes. Sans people. Once in a while, I will put a figure into a piece only if it is absolutely necessary.
ANYHOW, this piece screamed to be painted. I thought about it for a month, and decided it was time to tackle a piece where the figures were the focal point. Thank god it was a night painting! I love to do night paintings.
I had been out on that patio, observing and eavesdropping. Bad me. But I knew it was a real opportunity, and I had to seize it. And, I had the perfect size canvas, sitting on my easel, waiting for the right painting.
It was the most fun I have had in a long time. I painted all hours of night and day, because I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I couldn’t sleep, and barely cooked during this time. It was all consuming, way outside my comfort zone, and hot as hell. No matter. I did it, and I like it.
It measures 30″ x 36″. Oil on canvas.
This painting has a totally different presence and energy than the first piece. In prior reference to my comment about Gemini people, which I am, this painting is kind of wild and frenetic. The opposite of the first piece. This painting is busy, and full of life, motion and color. Hints of ghosts, shadows, the mystery of night, and the energy of what had been happening: live music on the back patio. It was a wonderful evening, with all kinds of energy and particles colliding. In a good way.
This one measures 20″ x 24″.