"The true painter strives to paint what can only be seen through his world." ~André Malraux

After a year of intermittant "painter's block"  I am working again in my studio, and feeling in a tentative positive state. Painting is a solitary activity, and as artists, we are often working in a vacuum. Unless we have a show hanging, reaction to the work is minimal. With several pieces underway, I decided that perhaps if I write about what I am doing or am attempting to do, it might act somewhat as a muse for me as well as give me some feedback on the work I am creating -- hence the establishment of this blog. 

As for the blog title, traditional, representational painting is a language for expressing what’s visible. But I feel my work is the most successful, and most interesting, when focused on things not entirely visible. I paint what I see but also what I sense and feel by utilizing my interior and unseen world --- in other words, the invisible world. Plein air work or  studio work from photographs are only touchstones or landmarks which guide me to other inner spaces. By so doing, I find that I am pushing the boundaries between representational and abstract work.

You can enlarge the images in this blog by clicking on them.

Feb 22, 2013

From Yellow to Blue

For weeks my studio has been suffused with a lovely golden glow as I worked on the four new forsythia paintings (see last post). With the several I already have, that may be enough for the yellow part of my upcoming show. If not I will try to execute another one later. But I am moving into the Blue phase now, which will be seascapes. 

I spent a lot of time staring at the sea this summer, and took a lot of photos. Now I am trying to make those fleeting moments come alive again, and preserve them on canvas. I am working hard to follow my inner eye on this series, and attempt to get what I really see on the canvas. I always feel that I overwork and overmuddy the work. They start out so free and spontaneous and then I don't stop in time. The more I can get happening fast, they better off I am, but because I work in layers, I need the drying time. I hope to do two or three more this size, and then a larger one.

Low Tide at Dawn  20"x20"  oil on canvas
Here is the first one, hot off the easel. I will have a bigger and better photo next post.

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