(Detail of the finished piece)
"Summers End" (Detail)
I finally got back into my studio to do some painting and had a lot of fun working on some of the larger pieces that I had started. The one above "Summers End" is one of those paintings I was inspired to do with the detailed little birds on big canvas. The mood and color of these paintings are part of what make them work. I enjoy creating areas of just texture and color to bring about a calming and refreshing feeling. The open space is very important and is planned to help the viewer feel transported to another place for just a moment in time. I want you to feel the coolness of the day and express a sense of happiness in the moment.
While I was painting the under layers of color on the canvas, I added an iridescent powder pigment to the paint to give the open blue area a soft shimmer. It does not show up well in a photograph like it does in person. (I think it would be a great painting for a Doctor's office waiting room) because sometimes those waiting rooms can be stressful. I wish you could see it in person, it is a very "cheerful" painting. I want people to get a unique sense of happiness when viewing.
I also want to give credit to a photographer named "Robert Campbell". This sweet little bird was a picture that he took and allowed me to use in my paintings. He did a lot of work for Arizona Highways Magazine and has several books published with his amazing photographs. (See my side bar for more info on "Robert Campbell" and a few of his books.)
Thank you for looking, and remember to ... always use your imagination.
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