Thursday, February 07, 2008

oil on canvas
30 x 40 in.

Well, it's been a while since I posted and I'm happy to finally post the first of my larger scale paintings. Since my work has been going in the direction of these close-up angles and graphic compositions, it was crying out to be in a larger format, and so I'm getting used to working with these big canvases. Honestly, it didn't take much getting used to...the process is the same--just using bigger brushes and a lot more paint.

This foray into larger formats is in thanks to the owner of Polonaise Art Gallery, on the main street in Woodstock, VT. He has a selection of my work on view there and he wanted to see my work larger, so I gave it a try and it really worked! So if you are in that area, stop in. He has a wonderful mix of traditional and contemporary painting and sculpture, and these new larger paintings are something that must be seen in person to be really appreciated.

"One Looks"
oil on canvas
36 x 48 in.

"One Looks" is sort of an equine landscape. I liked the juxtaposition of these three horses in the three different colors, and I liked the depth created by the bodies of the foreground horses. The first piece radiates action and tension, while this one of the horses unhaltered, untethered, free of restraint, is all about peace and tranquility.