Friday, June 29, 2007

Hudson River Painting

Here is the painting that arrived out of the inspiration of my photography and my playing with Art Rage.

When I paint a landscape, I paint it a variety of ways: plein air, where I take my acrylic/oils out into the field, I make watercolor sketches for documentation, I take digital pics. Sometimes I manipulate my images in photoshop, and print them out, and use THEM as reference.

Though I sometimes paint from photos, they NEVER end up being a copy of the photo. It is a reference for form, shape, color, and a springboard for inspiration. What comes out often bears no resemblance to the original piece.

I think that the two dark clouds in the foreground look like the hands of God and Adam in Michelangelo's "The Creation" in the Sistine Chapel. As the forms took shape I went with that image.

What was lovely is that someone saw the painting on my blog and is interested in buy it, or another piece of my work. I will offer her a choice at the end of the summer as I have a few months to come up with hopefully a bunch of paintings to show/sell.

This piece is 8 x 10", done on canvas with acrylics. It was a joy to paint. The gratification that I get from painting is indescribable..sort of a spiritual transformation.

Till tomorrow, Patti!

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