11X14 oil on panel
Today my daughter went to school all day so I was able to go out and paint in the morning (we homeschool half time). I went out to the farmland that is at the base of the foothills on the other side of Boise from where I live. I sat in the back of my car with the back up. I can hide a little that way. Beautiful morning.
I found this lovely big tree in the middle of a hay or alfalfa field. I’ve found that I do best when I find a big tree to make my focus, I pretend it’s a figure.
8×10″ oil on canvas
I’m determined to figure out plein air painting. I’ve found a spot not to far away where I can go to paint the sunset, so I’m going to do a series of paintings from this location until I figure out the process better.
I painted this one last night. I liked painting the sunset because I had to move really fast. I liked the limited window of light.
I’m not in love with my paintings right now, I feel like I am in a transition trying to figure out what I want to paint and how I want to paint it. I also want to understand color better.
This one is pretty much done. I say pretty much done because I feel like I still need to take a closer look at the older boy. But their mom loves it, so I’m in good shape. I was a little worried about how thick and rough this one was getting. It has a lot of paint and texture, and not a lot of finesse. But then I compared it with the Cezanne portrait I saw at the Getty Center and felt like it was pretty smooth compared to that. I don’t compare myself to Cezanne often, or really, ever. But when I saw his bold choppy brush strokes on this guy’s face, I thought to myself, “well, I guess I can do whatever the heck I want to,”. Cezanne did. His portrait work is not at all precious. I will need to find someone I want to have revenge on and paint a Cezannesque portrait of them. I’m kidding. But that is what Cezannes friend said of his portraits, that it was like he was taking revenge on his subject for some unseen offense.
48X36 oil on canvas
I sketched this in today and I’m going to let it dry before working on it again. I have been itching to move away from realism, but at the same time want to paint certain subject matter, like landscape and figures, without getting caught up in trying to represent exactly what I see. But still representing the image. I am going through my own personal modernist movement. For now it’s more about color and shape for me. There’s nothing too deep about my paintings, my work is just about me trying to recreate the beauty that surrounds me, in my own way. And I paint to satisfy my never ending drive to make things.