Places, Memories

A superstorm blew into Park City, Utah on February 18th, 2016. The temperature dropped twenty degrees in five minutes when the storm overtook our town. I was so captivated by the drama happening in the sky, I pulled my car over to the side of the road and took pictures of the event. I have worked a whole series of 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 to a 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.
Celestial Rhapsody, oil on a brushed aluminum panel, 99″ x 51″, SOLD

This is one of my largest paintings to date. I have had great success with my stormy sky paintings, everyone loves and can relate to weather, especially now that it is becoming more extreme.  I made a few break throughs on this one.  I had to be patient  and let the paint dry so I could add layer upon layer of paint to the sky and drag it over the underpainting in the sky and the road.

I visited Carmel by the Sea last spring and fell in love with the trees there.  They are very unusual, I had never seen anything like them. I loved how they grew right on top of the rocky shoreline. I can’t wait to return to this magical place.

This painting is currently in the Summit Gallery, 675 Main Street, Park City, Utah. I used different sizes of brayers to lay down the initial indigo and abstract the mountains and roadside. The area in the upper right is sanded with steel wool to let the silver reflection show through, bringing reflective light as opposed to the clouds which are painted, splattered and dripped into place. I felt like it needed some small shots of color and added the fuchsia to compliment the blues.
Moon Shadow, oil on a brushed aluminum panel, 51″ x 51″, $8750

I used a brayer to lay down the initial layers of paint on this one. Familiarity with the composition allows me to experiment with different techniques while having confidence of a proven format. I put in a few words of positivity as well as a few hints of fuchsia, one of my favorite colors.

I have many incredible memories of warm summers spent on the lakes of Upstate New York. We would watch as the storms progressed from the far side of the lake to our shore, taking cover on the porch or, if we were at the beach, sheltered in the car until it blew over.  In the evenings we would often take a boat out to the middle of the lake and stargaze. These paintings are some of my happy memories.
“Whispers”, oil on aluminum, 39″ x 51″, $6900

When I lived in Westport, I walked almost every day at Sherwood Island, the oldest State Park in Connecticut. There is a myriad of ecosystems within the park; beaches that flow into Long Island Sound, orchards from a bygone era as well as ruins of stone walls, foundations and chimneys of old farm houses.  Woods and wetlands are home to paths that link the many beautiful areas of this park.  These five paintings are all inspired by that park and my time there. Storms would roll in over the sound in the summer, the wind would start to blow and everything  became dreamy.

I have many incredible memories of warm summers spent on the lakes of Upstate New York. We would watch as the storms progressed from the far side of the lake to our shore, taking cover on the porch or, if we were at the beach, sheltered in the car until it blew over.  In the evenings we would often take a boat out to the middle of the lake and stargaze. These paintings are some of my happy memories.
“Weeping Sky”, oil on aluminum, 39″ x 51″, $6900
This abstract diptych suggests a moon rise. The sky is illuminated by the moon's warm, peachy glow, through the clouds. It is surrounded by mottled blue and and deep, purple clouds. The foreground is all in ambiguous shadow with drips and brushwork hinting at the organic wood.
The Sound of Twilight, (Diptych panel), oil on aluminum, 19 x 51,(each panel), (46″ x 51′ side by side) $6900
Oil on metal, pale moon lighting part of the sky while being overtaken by an indigo storm.
“Calm Before the Storm”, oil on aluminum, 17″ x 19″, $1000
I spent about ten years in Westport, CT.  Almost every day, I would head to Sherwood Island State Park, the oldest State Park in CT. It is a beautiful place and during the week, it doesn't get many visitors.  It has a two lovely expansive, sand beaches on Long Island Sound, ruins of old farm houses, an orchard which must be from revolutionary times, wood and wetlands, (which make a wonderful bird sanctuary), and miles of paths to walk through it all. It is incredibly peaceful. This painting is a memory from my time on the beach at twlight, looking through the still grasses, across the sound to the lights on Long Island.
“Indigo Rain”, oil on brushed aluminum, 15″ x 19″, $975
An original oil painting by Cynthia McLoughlin. Twilight blue sky over a deep blue ocean, soft waves ripple along the silvery, wet, reflective, beach.
Silver Beach, 12″ x 16″, oil paint on a brushed aluminum panel, $975

This duo was inspired by a trip to Iceland. I went in March in hopes of catching a display of the Northern Lights but to no avail. The weather was extreme and churned up at a moments notice!  I tried to get to the northern part of the country several times but had to turn back every time.  We arrived and departed at dawn and the place was so silent and beautiful, I took some photos which inspired these paintings.  The painting on the left is the view of my ride to the airport, just before departure, the painting on the right is a vertical abstract to compliment the horizontal landscape. The colors are ambiguous; cold aubergine with a glimmer of warm light, washed over to reveal the silvery, icy drips.

Summer's Twilight, oil on brushed aluminum, 19" x19", $1250
Summer’s Twilight, oil on brushed aluminum, 19″ x19″, $1250
This is one from deep in my subconscious. I grew up in a house that was well over 200 years old. It had a lot of character and many strange things occurred in this house. I often sensed there was a presence lurking nearby and was afraid to go to bed at night. My mom would leave the light on in her room to comfort me, which helped me to go to sleep at night.
“I’ll be right in the next room…which was never close enough after a nightmare”. Oil on brushed aluminum, 27″ 27”, $1900

I am interested in Abstract Expressionism, mostly because I don’t understand it very well.  I am reading Ninth Street Women, by Mary Gabriel, in hopes of getting some insight into that era. The book follows Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler and their impact on modern art.  This painting is about as close as I have come to putting a childhood memory into the paint.

Original square abstract oil painting on metal in blues with silver scrapes reflecting light.
Snowdrift, oil on a brushed aluminum panel, 19″ x 19″, $1150

 

2 thoughts on “Places, Memories

  1. Amy Spencer says:

    I love your techniques and how you blend your colors and your texture!!! You make your paintings so realistic and creative.
    From Mia age 8 and Olivia age 11💜
    Spring, Texas

    1. Cynthia McLoughlin says:

      Wow! You ladies are very thoughtful! I am guessing you are both artists yourselves! Thank you for the lovely compliments. I have a really good time creating my paintings and love to share them with people who appreciate them. I would be happy to meet you anytime in the gallery and talk about my art with you!

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