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.