"Leaving" oil 6x6
There is so much to be said about painting from life. You see so much more than photograph reference. Trained as an illustrator, I confirm how important picture reference is but I enjoy painting much more when it is right in front of me ~ whether it is a landscape painted plein air or a still life I have set up in my studio. You start to see all the nuances of color, reflected light and atmosphere. I think I have emphasized that to my students and when they start to see the difference its so rewarding. If I want a larger landscape I will redo the scene using the plein air painting as reference where I have truer color notes and have imprinted my own excitement or energy into the scene.
"Rooted" oil 6 x 11
Piermont Straus Gallery
Having said this I am very excited for all the organic markets to be opening up! Love painting the fresh produce - especially when it is something unique like purple carrots!!!!??? who knew? I painted these carrots a few times - one for the Carrot Museum (yes!!! there is such a thing!) and one is in Piermont Straus Gallery.
"Hope" oil 8x10
I have already cut my forsythia branches and place them in water to force the blooms! Enough snow! Bring on the buds!