Inspired by Google Earth images, these are solar field landscapes. Experimenting with the use of geometric vs. organic shapes that contrast the stark angles of the solar panels with the fields, trees and water. Still trying to find the right balance of color and contrast. Very fun experiment. These painting are now for sale.
FINGER LAKES FIELD
I'm starting to get inspired for some plein-air work in my new hometown. So many great vistas for sky and field, so it should be fun.
For these studies, I start in the field and then get as many visual references as I can to continue working in the studio. This is my first attempt.
Still playing with the foreground a bit and the sky is starting to take shape.
GIRL BY THE LAKE
I haven't done an oil painting in a while, but this image had been in my sketchbook for a while and I really liked how the background and the lake framed the figure.
Had some trouble with the details on the dock and blanket. Luckily the light source was very strong, so I let that guide my choices. Finished and sold!
VINTAGE SKI INSPIRED
This is the background colors and landscape inspired by a vintage ski poster. I've decided it needs to have a Vermont mountain background, so I've altered the mountain shapes and colors a bit. Still refining the background. This painting went to a good home at the Children's Trust Fund benefit auction.
MID CENTURY MEMORIES
Here's the evolution of my Big Dad painting. I'm experimenting with a new surface here - some smooth artboard instead of canvas. It's a bit difficult, just because I'm not used to it. My biggest challenge is painting such a non-forgiving subject like a mid-century house with lots of perspective angles and the car itself. Trying to preserve a "paint by numbers" feel to go with the mid-century theme.