In spite of absolutely amazing weather the entire Easter weekend, around 1800 incredibly happy, friendly and enthusiastic people came to our house to see my art (and Andrea’s photos). The Studio Tour will continue for another six days, Tuesday –Friday between 4 and 7 in the afternoon/evening and 10 to 6 Saturday and Sunday. Welcome!
Who can say what is right or wrong? Good or bad? It does not have to be perfect, but it should appeal to the viewer. And we are all different and like different things. A couple of studies, never intended to be art pieces, just exercises… It is a lot easier to take a great photo of a beautiful sky than to paint it, that is for sure!
For several weeks I have been working on this painting. At times it has been very difficult, especially deciding how to approach the next step. Painting is a series of decisions and you can break it down to each choice of where to start a brush stroke, how to execute it and where to stop. I have enjoyed painting this piece. It is 121 x 81 cm including the discrete frame, I have used oil paints on plywood, as usual. Not sure what to call the piece… maybe The Mountaineer? I have no idea who the couple is.
There is a tradition here of painting the sky and the buildings, sometimes in an abstract way. Georgia O’Keeffe made a few paintings that look totally abstract until you have been in her home and seen where she stood when she painted. I have been working on this piece for several weeks. Don’t know if more like this will be done, but it was a fun thing to do. Oil on pine plywood, 46,5 x 30 cm.