"In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present."
---Sir Francis Bacon
Monday, January 20, 2014
I started this painting on Steelhead Beach in Forestville, then finished it in my studio. I can't get the photograph to represent well the red, which has much more burnt sienna tones rather than the bright red as it appears.
This painting is based on a small chapel in Guerneville which is now a private residence. The big tree behind the chapel is really there, and so is the red tree. The grass is not really there, but I liked it better than painting the street and cars which are really in front of the chapel. I am going to enter this painting in a juried show at The Russian River Art Gallery for the month of February. The theme of the show is: "Love is in the Air."
Sunday, January 12, 2014
I've been trying to do a small watercolor sketch on days when I don't have time or energy to work on larger paintings. This is a watercolor based on a photo my wife took of the moon rising over Alexander Valley. I am using some new paints that I love---Schminke Horadam Aquarells, made in Germany. My small Moleskin watercolor sketchbook, started around Thanksgiving, is almost full!