Artist blog about abstract figurative oil painting and contemporary collage. Discussion about painting in the studio and the creative process of painting abstract and impressionistic oil paintings.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Eleven of Forty: California Landscapes
This is the eleventh of the forty California landscape paintings I have set as a goal for the summer. The setting is the high Sierras. I was at Fallen Leaf Lake in South Lake Tahoe in June and I believe this trip inspired today's painting. An underlying varnish wash of mostly ultramarine blue and carbazole violet were employed. Thicker applications of paint were used in the second layer. The color palette was: ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, carbazole violet, transparent red oxide, cadmium orange, hansa yellow orange, cadmium yellow orange, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium green, and transparent white.
I always wanted to be an artist. I love the materials of art: the firmness of a hog bristle brush, the creamy thickness of oil paint, the texture of bark paper, the smell of plaster. I love stepping into the mystery of creation; not knowing what is going to happen and being astonished by the image that emerges. I'm drawn to exploring the reaches of the
imagination and the orphaned off parts of the self. I like to see what bubbles up from the unconscious mind.