The Arizona landscape is quite different from the powerful mountains of Colorado, yet is still stunning and beautiful, especially in the late afternoon glow. It's dry, warm, yet brilliant at the same time. It's this time of year that I start thinking about how nice it must be to spend 'winters' in AZ...but also how nice it is to not have to live there in the summers.
Another painting from my 'Experimentation in Painting' class. We started by painting the live model using just black, white and ochre and then moved into creating space and movement again with cross-contour line. It's pretty fun to push the paint around the canvas, especially to the high energy soundtrack Jordan provides us throughout the class. Everything from Johnny Cash to the Yonder Mountain String band to songs in some language I can't recognize. If I could add music to this blog posting, I would. Maybe next time. :)
At first glance, it might just look like a muddy mess of swirls and twirls of paint. I started a new art class a few weeks ago called, Experimentation with Paint, taught by Jordan Wolfson. It's a lot of fun to learn to paint in a completely different style than ever before and in some ways it reminds me of my early days of painting with fingerpainting where I just painting through feeling the paint and the paper rather than purposefully placing each stroke on a canvas. In this painting, we started with a simple still life and just 4 colors: black, white, yellow ochre and red. We blocked in the shape and then used cross-contour lines to create a feeling of space. Painting space? Connecting shapes? Feeling the movement of a still life? I tried it all, and above is what resulted. Pretty cool for a still life, I think.
An early summer hike along the Mathew Winter's trail just west of Denver was splattered with colorful little wildflowers. Like me, they were stretching out to enjoy the warm sunshine, glad the spring snow had finally melted. Aaahh summer. Sometimes I wish you never ended.
Luscious Lemons, oil on canvas, 12"x12". Giant lemons grew in the backyard of my childhood home in San Diego. Lemons trees were everywhere. Big lemons, pointy ones, dried out ones, baby ones, etc, etc. Who ever thought it was possible to take lemons for granted? Now that I live in Colorado, I miss having the lemon and orange trees in my backyard (wait, I miss having a backyard too!). Growing up in Southern California we took fresh fruit as a normal part of life, year round. It was great and fresh. Those Californians have it made! Aaah, who knew learning to make fresh lemonade would be such a handy skill later in life?
Burning Rain 2, 12" x 24", oil on canvas.
Still attempting to play with color by trying another split complimentary color theme. The first burning rain is still my favorite as I feel like I captured the light better, but I think this one compliments it well. So, I'm left with two split complimentary color paintings complimenting each other? Brilliant! I won't paint over it just yet....
Burning Rain, Oil on Canvas, 12"x24". Inspired by a color theory class combined with a genuine interest in rain and the shape of rain drops. Living through a hot Colorado summer has definitely made me wish it rained more here. Maybe you could even say, a burning desire for rain? Ultimately, this was an experiment in playing with color and expressing it through a beautiful act of nature. Go ahead, let it rain.