Size: 10"W x 8"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
8" x 10"
Acrylic on canvas
On the idle hill of summer,
Sleepy with the flow of streams,
Far I hear the steady drummer
Drumming like a noise in dreams.
Maybe it's because I grew up in South Florida where there are NO hills of any kind anywhere that I love mountains and hills, even smallish rolling hills.
With this painting, what I like is the sense of depth, distance. The hill in the foreground with it's smattering of pale blue flowers rolling into the distance, punctuated by a few happy trees and a fence for scale. The sky glowing with the lowering sun, clouds lit in shades of gold and coral.
I tend towards impressionistic styles more than anything. The looser, the freer the splay of color across the canvas the better. Not so mush the dry-brushy qualities of Monet or Hassam, though I love their work. Cassat, Manet, Caillebotte. I feel like the paint should look wet, like it's just been spread over the previous colors, the texture popping. It's a constant struggle to paint loose and free while coddling my need to render the image faithfully.
My first love has always been landscapes. My parents took my sister and I to Paris when we were around 14 or 15. Of course the city was amazing, but our one short trip to the Louvre...just blew me away. I say short, because any trip to the Louvre is too short. We spent the entire day there and probably saw a quarter of what they had to offer. That moment when you're standing back from a painting and it looks like you're there. And then you step forward a foot or two and you notice the trees aren't quite trees. And then another step forward and you see the sky is a spray of color, not soft clouds scudding across azure. So you have to go right up to the canvas, nearly touching it with your nose and inspect the brushwork, the bristles of the instrument apparent in the pigment and see the rocks and the grass for what they are - brilliant, almost random flecks of inspiration, mere motes of oils and painstakingly ground minerals, put there by a person, and you think, "I can do that..."