Sunday, January 22, 2012

Plein Air Summer 2011

In addition to more experimental painting I enjoy plein air painting.  It allows me a direct connection with the landscape, the climate, the light.  Some of my earliest memories are of taking walks in the Fall of the year when seasons were changing.  I have always lived in the southeasten U. S.  Summers are hot and humid so traveling to the western mountains for a week or two of hiking and art allow a welcome change of temperature and climate.  In 2011, I spent a week painting the landscape along Williams Creek in the San Juan National Forest.  Early morning on a clear day the water is golden, the shadows are cool and the sky seems to go on forever.  The painting above is an early morning view of Williams Creek. 

New Work in Mixed Media

Edge of Darkness, Acrylic Mixed Media
In 2011, I continued to explore earth, air and water by manipulating the fluid properties of acrylics and combining collaged images painted on rice paper. These paintings were featured in a show at Ouachita River Art Gallery in June of 2011.  One painting, Wind of Change, was accepted in the Art League of Hilton Head Biennale Juried Show.