I made this little painting on location in Pennsylvania Dutch Country last summer. Each morning for a week, I woke up early and painted the landscape of fields, forests, earth, and sky. I made this painting using the trusty cigar box kit I built years ago.
It is framed in a floating wood frame in black and ready to hang.
I love painting outside. There is something magical about feeling the sun on your face, a cool breeze on your arm, and the sounds and smells of the outdoors while observing the shapes and colors of the landscape. Plus I enjoy the challenge of painting an ever-changing scene as the light changes and the wind moves clouds.
Painting and drawing from life are an important part of my practice as an artist. I love observing the effects of light on color and shape, and translating that into paint. These images work themselves into my abstract pieces as well – a memory of a particular color or shadow or shape – all these elements play into my abstract paintings.