Well I have family coming in for the next week so I am breaking down the studio and converting it to a guest room. Sometimes taking a week off from painting is really helpful to me as it keeps me working on those paintings that I keep "creating" in my head. After a break some of those actually get put on paper or canvas.
Above is one of those "after a break" paintings that was done following one of our trips to New Mexico.
Summer Storm Over Egan's Creek 18" x 24" Acrylic on Canvas
Egan's creek is part of a natural greenway that runs for miles down the center of the island from north to south. There is a large marsh with many water channels in the northern area of the greenway near the state park, Fort Clinch. I seem to take a lot of photos of this part of the greenway in all kinds of weather conditions.
Sometimes it feels like all the painters on this island are required to produce at least one marsh painting each year. For some, all they paint is the marsh, in different weather, at different times of day, with or without birds etc...
I did this painting quickly, trying to keep from getting lost in the detail but staying loose enough to capture the feel of that afternoon storm.
Waas House Amaryllis, 22 x 30 Watercolor on 300lb Arches
This is my first post to this new blog and having never been a person to keep a journal, this is kind of a challenging task for me. I have been asked by several people why I don't have a website or place they can look at my work on the web. I have kind of resisted having any larger dependency on the internet than I already have for fear of losing even more of my day to the computer. So we'll see how this goes...
I have just finished 5 large watercolors for an upcoming show and now I am working on loosening up with some moderate size acrylic works. Watercolor as a medium tends to bring out my worst tendencies for exacting detail so the change is my attempt to bring a more spontaneous and expressive result to my painting process. This is an example of one of my watercolors from this past year.
There is a wonderful victorian mansion in our neighborhood known as the Waas House for it's first owners. Each spring Amaryllis planted and now naturalized between the sidewalk and their fence bloom in a riot of red flowers. This painting is from photos taken last spring at the beginning of their bloom.