So, after I spilled coffee and paint all over my sketch, I began.
After I worked all these different versions of the same clump of trees, I walked along the James around Tredegar and Oregon Hill. This inspired another set of paintings....
Trees on Upper Pond 1—Pink and Yellow $150
Trees on Upper Pond 2—Hazy Morning $150
Trees on Upper Pond 3—Fog, Brown and Blue $150
Trees on Upper Pond 4—Autumn Fog $150
Trees on Upper Pond 5—Moonset SOLD
Trees on Upper Pond 6—Full Moon à la Hassam $275
Trees on Upper Pond 7—Full Moon a la Hassam II $600
Trees on Upper Pond 9—Full Moon and Clouds $275
Trees on Upper Pond 8—Full Moon à la Bannister $275
From Oregon Hill—Sunset on the James $300
From Oregon Hill—Full Moon on the James $300
From Oregon Hill—Christmas Day on the James $300
From Oregon Hill—Fog Rising on the James $300
From Oregon Hill—Foggy Day on the James from Tredegar SOLD
Trees on Upper Pond, sketch on site, 2018
Last Works of 2019
First Works of 2020
I did no painting from July to November. I did not feel like it. I did quite a few sketches, but no paintings. I thought a lot of thinking about painting, but did no painting.
There were lots of reasons for this; some practical, some not.
When I started again, I was working in the same style, but from a different perspective. Instead of painting en plein air, or reproducing photos I had taken, I took a cue from a painting I did last February. I recreated a painting by Edward Bannister, based on a black and white sketch he had done, and using other paintings of his for color rendition. It was very empowering. More about my work with Bannister
I thought about how I could apply this to my own work, particularly since I had been doing so many sketches. With this in mind, I created multiple versions based on two different sketches. The first was a simple sketch I had done of a stand of trees at the Upper Pond in Bryan Park. I had done several paintings of this view based on photos I had taken, so I was familiar with the subject.
I wondered...what would happen if I concentrated on creating certain effects, and using the trees only as props upon which to 'hang' those effects...