April 9, 2014
In my work I am drawn towards endangered wood lots, small streams, marshlands, farms in rural areas. However, I also enjoy urban street scenes, park lands and historical buildings. I seek to find and capture small oasis in the city and country that escapes the ever encroaching metropolis. Barns collapse, and I paint them to preserve their memory. Farmer's fields stretch as far as the eye can see. The expansive space of flat farmland and big sky are often subjects that lure my eye. Woodlots shelter trillium’s, Jack in the Pulpits, and Morel mushrooms. When I discover these precious gems, my heart skips a beat, and a lump forms in my throat. I must capture the moment in paint.
I live in the midwest, but I yearn to travel to the rocky mountains, see and paint the redwood forests. Sit by the rocky shores of the pacific and paint the crashing waves. Revel in the sunsets on the Pacific coast. I will be able to come to Seattle Washington for a whole month this summer. I will be there from August 27th until September 23rd 2014. I'd love to meet with area Plein Air painters, especially the week of September 8th to the 13th.
I can't really say I have a favorite, but recently my paintings have been filled with gold and red hues. I both love and hate green which I'm sure many plein air landscape painters would agree with. I work with a limited pallette, both in oils and watercolour. When working in oils the most limited being Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine blue and white.
John Singer Sergent's watercolours. He breaks the rules. I also enjoy Alvaro Castagnet. His deep darks, and bold use of red amaize and even frighten me. I would love to have the courage to splash paint with abandon like he does. I love Cathy Johnson's sketchbook journal art. She says so much with so little. Oils... now there I don't really know what to say. I've just started with oils, but art that attracts my attention is one with bold deliberate brush strokes that define shape and form.
I have the wonderful privilege of leading a Plein Air group in my community. Our group is the most incredible thing that has happened in my life. I tear up to think of what a wonderful group of people we have. What I love most about them is that they are happy positive and fearless. They are also calm and disciplined. We get together every week to paint. This year we even went out in sub zero temperatures! When we are out, we may chat, or we may be deeply engrossed in our work. We work together in an amazing symbiotic relationship. Helping and encouraging each other. I love and respect them all.
Painting en Plein Air is meditation for me. I see light in nature in an intimate way. When people see my work, I’d like them to feel what it was like to be there. My greatest joy is to introduce someone to the experience of painting en Plein Air.
Looking at this review page I don't see any entries since 2012. I hope that the group is still active. I'm coming to Seattle the last week of August and 3 weeks in September 2014. I'm looking for people to paint with while I am there. I would appreciate someone from the area contacting me.