Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hillpoint Woods

Hillpoint Woods; Oil: 36" x 36"

Another painting that stood waiting months for tweaks, twists, scrapes, smears and emotions to spill out the truth of how I see the woods in fall. My vision is full of love and hate.
Fall is a phenomenally beautiful lie. The light is golden, the trees flame red under the brilliance of clear ultramarine sky--BUT the season doesn't fool me one bit. Cool North winds will blow away the splendor, cover lawns with decaying debris, chill bones and weigh hearts down with loathing for the winter snows to come. Maybe that's why it took so long to finish?

Signed and hung where it belongs:



 
 

15 comments:

  1. LOVE that GLORIOUS colour! So rich, like jewels. That is amazing, like you!

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  2. Rough around the edges :-)) A great few days of painting. Exhilarating. And nice to sign this one that sat for so long plaguing me. Did you know that oils come in 2.5 liter vats for the robust among us?

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    1. I haven't looked into them as yet. I'm curious about the cost. Probably costly and something one would collect over time as one discovers a satisfying limited palette. Right now, I need twelve colors to get the yuk greys I love. On the brink of who knows what, I am back at home in the studio with my experimental days behind me and eager to paint as I always did: impulsively and instinctively. The muses are totally not amusing!

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  3. Back to the active surface which attracted me to your art in the first place. This is FABULOUS!
    It appears you can do every type of painting and do it well.
    Love the display. At first I thought it was the way a lot of artists are putting their paintings into " fake room settings"
    then I saw the glowing quality of the wood and knew it had to be your home.

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    1. Yes, that's the "lower level" bar that's really a watercolor station when I get the urge, a framing station when that pops up, the flat surface where Ellis assembled the 'some assembly required' bookcase, a wrapping station when the holidays fool around and a buffet when hordes of visitors drop by. My little studio is off this room. The couch is where I take breaks to read or nap. I should have cluttered it up with bar stuff for this shot? Having no back bar, I use the wall for observing paintings to see how they would look hung in a room. These three were planned to be on 'permanent exhibit' , since Hillpoint woods is right out the wall of windows to the left.

      Auerbach's work brought me home. I was painting this way forever till I started painting regularly, seriously, when I started blogging(nearly 6 years ago) and then became interested in portraiture over the last three years. you might say I was going to my own art school until that one word used to describe Auerbach's work, 'impulsive', brought me back to being myself. Hillpoint Woods is an impulsive interaction with paint, the stuff I love. I use color to sculpt space on a flat surface. The paintings are emotional, impulsive reactions to the subject. I find the woods fascinating, an ever-changing series of barriers that must be hurdled and maneuvered around to get to clearings Of relief scattered between here and the lake. The woods is symbolic of life's travails and pleasures--and the obstacles are the challenge, the patch of wild flowers the relief. My interest in people is their expressions when on in the limelight. Those show the real persona. It's been quite a trip. It's nice to be home. I owe my happy stumble into Auerbach--and remembrances of DeKooning, whose work I've loved more than Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'avignon, which still clung to cubic forms, a very stiff, uptight style. --obviously, your comment turned on a faucet! Sorry.

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  4. Damn, you're GOOD! The autumn painting is simply superb! You have nailed the colors, the scene, the feelings perfectly. BRAVO, Linda!!! And the triptych looks fantastic!
    Kathryn

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    1. Thanks Kathryn. Trouble is Hillpoint Woods, Winter is looking very tame next to Ominous Summer Shade and Hillpoint Wood Fall. I might have to paint another come the not so jolly Holiday season.

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    2. Maybe Hillpoint Woods in Spring? Lots of bright shriek greens to complement the reds of Fall?

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    3. I'll see how I feel about pursuing that subject. Those paintings get moved around; I use the wall to see how paintings in progress sit in a more formal living space than my studio, ( a clean, orderly space). The three images can be viewed in real life by looking out the windows of that room. This is the best of the three. I've grown a lot since 2010 When the idea first occurred to me.

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  5. I love painting the autumn and I love the fire in your painting. It glows and shine. Lovely.

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    1. Thanks Roger! I'm leaning back towards abstraction as you can see. I intend to carry the style on to heads and figures too. School's out on traditional approaches.

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  6. I'm with you on the dread of winter, something I've newly acquired since moving to the Midwest.

    Wonderful to see the paintings hung. They look great.

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    1. It comes with the territory! But the one advantage is: we are excellent drivers compared to drivers in areas where snow is just a word they heard. :-))

      Thanks. It took some time to get the three completed, but I thought three canvases that size would make a nice backdrop to the bar/water color station/wrapping station/ framing station/ some assembly required assembly station. These paintings are only up when I don't need a decent wall to observe what's going on with works in progress. They are "for company," but if anyone wants to buy one, it's for sale. :-))

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  7. really appreciating the pull-back image.......painting looks so very different from a distance......

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