Hello and Happy Friday! It is so exciting to announce that my painting, Cloud Five, was purchased by the City of Alexandria, Virginia, and will be hanging in their courthouse in Old Town.
Cloud Five was completed in 2016 and is in the medium of acrylic. I worked exclusively in acrylic for about a year, and there were many aspects about it that I liked. Acrylics are easily thinned down, and this consistency lends itself to the expressive, gestural mark-making that really resonates with my need for kinetic expression. But after a while, I became frustrated with other aspects and switched back mainly to oils. But I do miss that fluid characteristic. Although oil paints can be thinned, I don’t really like using mineral spirits and haven’t yet found that magic formula from the different thinning mediums available. As far as color though, nothing beats a high quality oil paint like the Williamsburg brand that I use. And color and how we perceive it in the landscape that we live in, is of equal importance to me as gestural expression.
Looking at Cloud Five, I see a lot of similarities to my 2018 Landscapes. This makes me happy—there is a common vein traveling through my work in different mediums and the span of time. It is gratifying to know that a cohesive body of work is growing and that it speaks to who I am as an artist.
Above all, my paintings are about what is important to me: primarily our natural world, and secondly, ourselves and how we fit into it. When you think about it, just the act of making a landscape painting is a commentary about Man as well. Man lives in nature, but we also are separate from it, and one of the many indicators of this is how we choose to be a spectator of our environment. Our spirituality is the second reason. I suppose this all has to do with a higher consciousness, that sets us apart from all other living beings. Funny thing is, I wonder what creatures are secretly laughing at us, those silly people who think they are at the pinnacle of life. There is so much we don’t know… Sigh!
Thanks for reading. I hope future posts will be more about my painting process. And again, please be on the lookout for an incredible announcement! There is something in the works that is really monumental (at least to me)! Hoping to get the final confirmation next month.
Take care, and enjoy this beautiful fall!
Love to All.