Tuesday, June 28, 2011
To the Lighthouse 30" X 30" acrylic, ink, oil crayon, and charcoal
Okay, I told you you were going to more of these colors, so here we go. Another beach-inspired painting, very different from Early Bird Special, I know, but they come from exactly the same place. I'm also posting a photograph so you can see what I mean about the title. This is us enjoying the sunset from the beach overlooking Morris Island Lighthouse in South Carolina.
I really feel like I had a breakthrough with this painting. I've been studying abstract painting for a long time but have only felt truly inspired working on an abstract once or twice before. This time, however, something clicked, and I think I expressed something intuitively, in a style that evolved from many long hours of trial and error. I actually began this painting in a much more primitive style, but I wasn't feeling it. So I just did my new favorite thing: painted over almost the whole canvas with white and began again. Somehow the translucence of the inks and the delicacy of the glazes, in this version, translated the calming effect of the rushing waves and salty mist of ocean air.
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