Contemporary Storm Paintings
This collection of contemporary oil paintings of storms is inspired by a superstorm that blew that into Park City, Utah on February 18th, 2016. The temperature dropped twenty degrees in five minutes when the storm overtook our town. The sky was so dramatic that I pulled my car over to the side of the road and took pictures of the event. I have painted a whole series of contemporary storm paintings around that event, experimenting with the clouds, developing my techniques, exposing the reflective silver of the panels by scraping, buffing, and simply leaving it as negative space.
My work is difficult to capture in a photograph as the reflective light quality is lost in the transition from the photograph to the oil painting in the digital format. The best way to experience my paintings is to visit the Summit Gallery or the gallery wall at Oohs and Aah’s in Park City, Utah to see my original works.
In this contemporary oil painting, Silver Road, above, the mountains and road are in relief so the bottom is the reflective, brushed aluminum and the top is all oil paint.
I love to watch the play of moonlight on the snow at night. Living in the mountains, we have an abundance of snow and the opportunities to feel this midnight magic abound.
One of the challenges of working in a large format is getting the paint on the panel quickly as I like to work wet on wet. I started this one with a brayer, (a hard rubber roller used in printmaking), instead of a brush to roll the paint on and define the road and landscape. When applied on the smooth metal surface, the paint can be rolled out super thin or built up in layers with interesting patterns. There will definitely be more fun with translucent layers to come.
I want people to connect with my life experiences and relate them to a common experience of their own. I like to infuse my work with positivity and in this piece I thought I would add some whimsy. Using a sculpting tool with a rubber tip, I wrote words and phrases into the clouds. I am a huge fan of street art writers, Jose Parla in particular and wanted to use the lyrical words in a way where they were not quite so “in your face”. I decided to put them in cursive and upside down.
The contemporary oil painting,”Calm Before the storm” uses wavy brushwork in the sky to bring out the atmosphere.
Very often, the most dramatic skies appear after a storm and there will be a sunset a blaze with color. These two paintings were inspired by just such a sunset.