These two new paintings capture different moods, exude different energy and evoke different places.
40.3 cm x 30.3 cm x 3.7 cm, mixed media on canvas, ready to hang
$550 (approx. £451, €510)
In this piece, I wanted to capture a day full of light, energy and movement.
High upon the rolling mountains, the clouds cast their dancing shadows on the land.
They pass by quickly, blown by the wind sweeping in from the Atlantic.
The visual richness of the painting is heightened through the exploration of patterns that one might see in nature.
To achieve this richness, I used oils to add depth to the clouds and acrylic paint on the land to enhance the greens’ saturation.
I also used acrylic pens to add variety and movement to the foreground.
The bird’s eye view gives us a wonderful sense of openness and freedom, don’t you think?
Moonrise over the Canal du Midi
20.3 cm x 20.3 cm x 4.5 cm, oil on canvas, ready to hang
In contrast to the first painting, the atmosphere is still.
Slowly and imperceptibly, the full moon glowing in the night rises in the sky.
In time, it will move above the statuesque trees silhouetted against the cool moonlight.
Trees reflecting in the canal bring a pleasing sense of balance to this piece, while the deep brown of the trees and the blue-green colour arrangement accentuate an otherworldly feel.
Which painting do you prefer?
‘Passing Clouds’ for me, is full of the freshness of a bright spring day when the grass is new and incredibly rich and vibrant in colour and the wind blows the clouds across the sky creating an ever-changing tableau. Light and shade, calm and bluster. The way you have captured the movement, the drama and exhilaration we can feel when the we stand up on high, in the wind, is remarkable.
‘Moonrise over the Canal du Midi’ is a great contrast and seeing the two together puts that into sharp relief. Instead of movement we have stillness, quiet and calm. The trees stand majestic in the moonlight; the reflections on the still water are beautiful as is the subtlety of colour.
Hello Chris, I thought you might opt for the open vista painting. Like you I love those days when the movement of clouds across the land, bring a sense of exhilaration to our eyes.
On the second painting, I agree is an interesting contrast, much quieter and reflective in tone.
Thank you for your comment, I hope you’re keeping well
Thanks for sharing them both John. I suppose different paintings might appeal more at different times or in different rooms in a home but ‘Passing Clouds’ just seems perfect for this time of year.