Ice and Shadow
Here are some new paintings I was thinking about submitting for the Art About Town show. In an effort to make my quest to paint more abstractly a bit easier, I have been looking for inspiration that is more abstract to begin with. The first painting was inspired by the Saugatuck River here in Westport. I took several photos on a very cold day when the river had iced over. The sun was very bright and the shadow from the bridge was a bright purplish blue. The painting is an amalgamation of all the photos as I am trying to divorce myself from one specific image and get more of a feeling of the moment in time.
The second is painted from a photo I took at Sherwood Island a few winters ago. It also was a cold day with stormy clouds pushing toward me from the other side of Long Island Sound. In an effort to abstract the image so it wasn’t so identifiable to me, I inverted it before I painted it. The foreground is rough and tumble and the back toward the horizon line is smooth and blurred and I am very happy with the end result.