30 Day Painting Challenge: Day 18

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30 Day Painting Challenge: Day 18

After allow­ing the paint­ing for Day 17 to be what it want­ed to be, I real­ized I wasn’t done with my need to paint some­thing ener­getic, with thick paint.

So I decid­ed to cre­ate a vari­a­tion on a theme. How would I approach the night scene behind my house if I were in a dif­fer­ent state of mind? What would hap­pen if I just “let it rip” and went for a more abstract expres­sion, trust­ing that my intu­ition would lead me where I want­ed to go? What did I want to express this time around?

I want­ed to express the effect the lights have on me when I look at them. There’s a hope, there’s a ris­ing some­how, in see­ing that house lit up on a lone­ly field in the night in the dead of win­ter. A haven.

There­fore, the light need­ed to be more impor­tant in this paint­ing. And there need­ed to be a bit of “clash­ing” going on, to show the con­trast between the warmth and haven of the home and the cold and dark and bit­ter out­side. I made the tree­line and the field have more move­ment, almost as if a cold wind were whip­ping around. And I made the light shapes big­ger, more promi­nent. I gave the snow on the field move­ment by drag­ging thick strokes down­ward.

The result for Day 18 of the 30 Day Paint­ing Chal­lenge is “Neigh­bors Across the Field II,” 12 x 12 inch­es, oil on can­vas. It was enlight­en­ing to approach the same sub­ject two dif­fer­ent ways. I think I’ll need to do that more often.

By |2017-03-02T20:20:57+00:00January 18th, 2015|30 Paintings in 30 Days, Landscape, Paintings|0 Comments

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