Updated: 6 days ago
Currently exhibiting: Sorelle Gallery, Westport, Connecticut
To purchase About this oil:
Coming across this scene, I was drawn to the challenge of creating a painting with very little in the way of composition, making its success dependent on other factors.
There was that sun of course, and it opened up a lot of opportunities, most I shunned out of hand, rejecting realist options.
The idea of late evening colors did appeal to me and when laying out the oil, I shifted the palette into the tangerine range. It was a delicious place to begin and right away, the painting came into form with that strip of abstracted land separating what evolved to be two sets of color combinations.
Everything is pattern here but in a non-descriptive way. The sky, land and water is expressed, not illustrated and it gives the artwork more power. The sky is not ‘accurately’ reflected below and there is very little of patterns in the water forming into ripples.
The pale sun is illuminating everything in a subtle way, resulting in a sense that everything is fresh and alive. When the oil left the studio, a lot of life and light left with it. I need to summon up more!