Thursday, March 11, 2010

"Solitude"-12x9, oil on Raymar panel-paintings of boats, sunrise, atmospheric paintings


"Solitude", 12x9, oil on Raymar panel

I have been struggling for quite some time now to get comfortable with myself as my art has been evolving into a less colorful and more sedate style of representational art. My recent studies with David Leffel have convinced me that I don't want to just be known as a palette knife artist whose style borders on fauvism. Having not had the luxury of a formal art education, I often have questioned the validity of my art.

So as I struggle to find my voice- my NEW voice- please bear with me.

This painting was done with a brush in colors that were very deliberately muted. I had toned the canvas first with_wait- you won't believe this- dark muddy gray!My goal was to create an atmospheric effect- the kind one feels at the end of an old day or at the promise of a new one. Please tell me if I have achieved a semblance of what I set out to do here as it was much harder for me than smashing a palette knife laden with thick pure paint in a haphazard way across the surface of a support.


d'Morais said...

Your painting is very beautiful. This last painting is the most beautiful. You achieve the effect of late afternoon. I like your way of using inaccurate colors. Your painting is something mystical and I like that. It is very strong ... congratulations.
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Paintdancer said...

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments! And thanks for becoming a follower!

Pam said...

Fauvism? I don't know about that. I was not schooled in art but I didn't consider your paintings as bordering on fauvism. I just loved your use of color. It is not as garish as fauvist art. It's beautiful to me and I prefer it over the "new" you! This last painting is beautiful but I miss your colors!