I needed a break today from painting my larger landscapes for delivery to Colorado next week. They are coming along swimmingly (watching too much Olympic aquautic competition!) so I took some time off to paint two smaller, looser landscapes. Both are a step back to the style of brushwork I employed many years ago in my abstract landscapes and I am enjoying the freedom to explore this technique again. The finished product resembles an oil painting with the thick application of paint. The strokes in the first piece are full and rich, textured and overlapping, and fun!
The strokes in No. 2 fill the cloud with swirling energy in a much cooler palette than the first piece. I like both and, suprisingly, they compliment each other nicely. Both are painted on 12×12 inch square, 1.5 inch deep cradled wood panels. I taped the wood sides of the panel…the blue tape is still peeking around the edge…to keep it clean. I will decide after I varnish the pieces if I am leaving the sides natural or if I will paint them.
Two detail images below…what do you think?… from the studio