18" x 18" acrylic on canvas
|Deep Forest Privacy|
18" x 18" Acrylic on canvas
The first piece was completed at the end of October and the second piece was completed just today. Both pieces reflect different experiences I had while hiking. I used the colors that I remembered from those hikes as inspiration for the two pieces shown.
While walking around Big Trees State Park here in Arnold, I was struck by the different colors of the dogwood tree leaves: oranges, muted rusts, browns, pinks, and creams. The idea of being surrounded by those colors translated itself into the first painting seen above.
The second piece was inspired by a hike I took on the Arnold Rim Trail, just a short drive from where we live. The landscape there consists of low lying green bushes and other small plants, oak and pine trees, and lots of red and brown dirt. The trail can feel very closed as you are walking, with only little slivers of the blue sky visible. The close growing trees create lots of shade which is a welcome relief from the heat during the summer. As you move up the hillsides, the landscape opens up and the number of trees decrease, giving way to a wonderful vista of blue sky and distant mountains.
While I am definitely inspired by a specific landscape, I also admit that sometimes while working I am just thinking about the landscape in a general way. The colors might not be from a particular outing but just a mish-mash of various ideas that are brought together to form one idea (hopefully).
This week I hope to work on some ideas that will lead to a painting or two. I really do need the hiking, the out-and-about times, and the reading to keep things flowing, creatively. So, it might just be a "digging into things" kind of week.
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