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Friday, September 12, 2014

Sharing Texture

You already know my weakness for color and my desire to be able to manipulate it so that you can really see the subject and its surroundings, not just irreverent hue.  But I am also becoming a slave to texture.  Texture often tells the timeline of a painting as it is a build up of marks and strokes and directional arrows that take time to incorporate into work.  I have a few more finished pieces to share and I really like the texture in these although they are relatively small paintings.

The Shore
8 x 10 oil, framed

16 x 20 oil, framed

I love this color palette - some of my favorite colors all together.  Green has always felt like a neutral to me, perhaps because there is so much of it in nature and that makes it very difficult to work with convincingly.

This is a detail showing some of the texture and layering up close.

The Climb
8 x 10  oil, framed

While I had those juicy colors out I went on to paint a smaller piece pretending that I was climbing the trails in the mountains behind the Homestead.  At the end of the summer season the grasses are really high and overgrown.  The bees are buzzing and the seed heads are drying out and scattering for their germination over winter.  

Here's a detail of The Climb

I'm about ready to declare it fall!  Pumpkins are appearing and the tips of many trees are starting to change color.  Talk about a rhapsody of color...I will be overstimulated for sure.  Might have to keep my head down while driving.

Colorfully yours,


  1. I love the burst of color up there during this time of year. I am sure you will be inspired and beyond motivated to find new and amazing color combinations for your textures. You be careful behind the wheel!! Park before you gawk! xoxo

  2. Eyes on the road ArtsyMatilda! I'll pull over to drink in all the color and crisp smells of fall for sure.

  3. I like the texture, but what intrigues me even more is the way you alter the local color. Do you have tricks for that? You're very good at it!


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