Ready for Spring

Reflecting on many of the paintings I have done over the past few months, I have realized that the weather and the seasons are often have an effect my work.  Some paintings have been inspired by the weather or a place I experienced, while others imagine another climate or a destination I wished to be.  With all of the walking we do in New York, you can never get away from the weather and so maybe it's no surprise to see it come out on the canvas.    

After making several dark, moody paintings, I decided to lighten things up a bit and look toward to spring.  I added more white to my palette, joy in my brushstroke, and open airy spaces in my compositions.  I continued to play with what the paint and the medium can do together, while also allowing spontaneity and chance take hold to keep the paint fresh.  

Ready for Spring came first, and Feeling Fresh was born from some of its green hues.  This often happens in my work, and I imagine in many artists', where an idea in one painting leads to the next.  

Photos from the studio:

Ready for Spring, 2014, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches.

Detail of Ready for Spring.

Detail of Ready for Spring.

Feeling Fresh, 2014, oil on canvas, 48 x 38 inches.

Detail of Feeling Fresh.

Detail of Feeling Fresh.