Sunday, April 10, 2011

"Marsh Abstractions" 8x8 oil


I am like a bad Hollywood studio. You know.... when they produce something that they like....they tend to produce sequel after sequel. I am that way to a point. I generally will paint a subject till I completely tire of it. I explore a subject in different formats and sizes. I have been painting these 'intimate' studies all week. It is quite a departure from my large scope and scale landscapes, but I am enjoying them immensely. I'm discovering little 'universes' to paint at the waters edge. I'm finding that I have to look at this subject matter very abstractly, and it is taking much editing to create pleasing compositions. I am enjoying the interplay of the water's translucency, reflectivity and movement. I am almost ready to scale one up to...maybe 30x30...we will see.

6 comments:

PleinEric said...

Really beautiful piece Michael!

Kim VanDerHoek said...

Seriously, I am amazed that you can paint a jumble of wood and make it look so beautiful! It's a testament to your skill that a humble subject can be made into a compelling painting.

It's nice to read that you too paint the same types of subjects over and over in order to understand them. I do that too.

Carol said...

Very very cool! : )

Jack McKenzie said...

I thought it was a photograph. You are superb!

Krystal Allen said...

Somehow your sequels never get tired and boring. Your knowledge of light and color never cease to amaze me. I'm in awe of your talent. Do you have any books?

Stephen Williamson said...

I have tried this and failed... I mean, really failed. It's so deceptive in how complex it is. You really nailed it and inspired me to try again. Thanks!!!