Suzanne Stewart, Austin painter, has joined the blogging world. It seems such a stretch, but I would like to share some insights I have gained. My painting experiences have formed a new and exciting path. Please share your comments with me. What will survive of us is love.
"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh
I had fun with this very large canvas, 24 x 36. We were in Lake City, Colorado, last fall for the phenomenal changing of the leaves. Each day the colors were expanding across the mountains, producing this most amazing effect. Working on this these past few days has been great. Listened to a Tolstoy recording. We had ferocious winds, of the deep West Texas variety. I was happy to be indoors dreaming of Colorado.
"The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible,
but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for staying ashore."
...Vincent Van Gogh
This is my Wedding Post! Finally, my son and his bride are enjoying their honeymoon after a beautiful wedding this past week. The rest of us are here recuperating from the breath-taking and very holy moments all week-end long as friends and family gathered to celebrate. Being mother-of-the-groom was tons-o-fun.
We were having a huge rainstorm yesterday as I was posting this painting. It was painted on a very hot day when we had a beautiful shady spot vantage. Thank goodness for the rain. Wonder if we could get a ditch from the Mississippi over here for our dry, parched land.
This from a photo of our beautiful state capitol building on a snowy day in February...I have to do something to keep a cool head. I'm quite happy with my burnt sienna underpainting as it keeps the absolute cold out of the scene.
"Still life derives from the Dutch word stilleven, coined in the 17th century when paintings of objects enjoyed immense popularity throughout Europe."
I'm going to keep plugging! Hope you can "pear" with me. Love word studies, and the Dutch gave us so much of our language. I also like the still even, just to ponder when I'm feeling a little off. Like today. I'm working on setting a course.
This is the painting du jour. I am trying to paint a little all over large panel I have. The design upper left is from another exercise. Just trying to clear the cobwebs. Using a range of warm to cool reds and white to learn my colors while working on design.
We are eagerly awaiting the marriage of our son at the end of the month of May. All of us are on High Alert to keep going to the goal. There seems precious little time to paint, but, as you know, the painter must. I'm trying to keep it simple and direct. Lots of precious practice pieces. I painted this set up earlier with a different direction colorwise.