Friday, February 23, 2007

Up to three colors + white!!

I don't know what it is about glassy water.. the calming effect, the light, the motion, the mercurial element. (quicksilver!) What I do know is that I want to keep painting it...This painting started out as an experiment, months ago, in glazing (layering thin glazes of paint, intended to create a luminous quality ) but since I had no idea what I was doing, I just now painted over it.. It's oil, 8"x10". Ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, cadmium red, and white...



Finally got one of those "miscellaneous" ideas out of my head and onto a board (9"x12")...(probably because I got out of the studio and onto a board.. hehe) .. it's one of those beautifully lit Bolinas mornings, off shore wind, perfect conditions, with a nice swell, but closing out on the sandbar at low tide... darn! From a photo by Jesse Wagstaff..
I find that as much as I love waves, I am much more attracted to what "makes" a wave...water, form, light, color and movement/energy....I'm not particularly interested in painting the perfect waves, although I dream of them all the time and love seeing photos.. however, I do need to do a wave or a surf scene every once in a while just to get it out of my system.. voici!

2 comments:

xola said...

The illuminated, incandescent, lustrous,radiant,translucent,gleaming,
glowing,glassy sea.

know-it-all said...

"It could be said that surfing itself is the purest form of surf art. The rider draws {her} own lines on a liquid medium, the only limitations the wave itself, every line drawn according to an inner aesthetic shaped by experience, influences, and, not the least, temperament. Surf artists dating back to that first Hawaiian sketching a perfect wave in the sand through John Severson and the rise of modern surf art have tapped the same sources to reinterpret waves and the waveriding experience with one important addition: idealization. Where the surf photographer captures the perfect moment that is, the surf artist often creates the perfect moment that could be. These artists are surfers themselves, drawing from their time in the water to dream in oil, acrylic, and watercolor."