Delays and Distractions All Day

The painting and the article were developed today while workmen were stepping around me and my easel replacing the heating system for our house. Noisy! And, during this, I was giving an art lesson, too!

“Arboretum Eucalyptus”

oil on linen panel, 8″ x 10″

This painting began with five or six lines which were the axes of the major shapes to set up an angular composition. Then, using those axes, I made angular flat shapes to define light and shadow shapes. No details or thoughts about them. Just flat shapes that provided some sort of movement through the composition. . . . .Then slobbered on color making sure to to hit violet and blue in a few spots. Big brush first . . . .accuracy not a concern.

I wish I had taken photos of the phases of this piece . . . .the early parts of the painting made for a killer abstract . . . .I may just get out a big canvas and give that a go again . . . . . . . . . .only not finish the “tree.” Just work the abstraction so that reality is a slight suggestion. This sure is fun !!!

5 thoughts on “Delays and Distractions All Day”

  1. It’s beautiful. Oh, Mike I envy you. It seems you didn’t allow the holidays to break your momentum. You never seem to lose your enthusiasm and train of thought.

  2. Looks like this one has a great abstract potential – hey, would be cool if you have a go at abstracts with oil. I wonder: is that the next step?

    (one more day to go for the Salminen workshop!!!).

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