Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Border (oil on canvas, 2010)

(Private Collection)
This is based on the view from the field behind the Dulin's old barn, looking east into New Brunswick. I did several drawings and a small oil study of this view a few years ago, with the intention of developing it into a painting, but at the time I did not have a long horizontal canvas so I ended up re-working the subject as a vertical composition. I went back up there a couple of weeks ago with my paints, but the field was being cultivated, so I did this from memory back in the studio. Working from direct observation is always educational and I find that I learn a great deal in the process, especially since the color relationships and compositional structures in nature almost always seem to be perfect. However, when working from nature, there is always the temptation to include too much descriptive information and I enjoy the challenge of working in the studio and trying to make the picture "work" in a purely abstract way.

4 comments:

Kay said...

lovely! I like the horizon placement..

Madelyn said...

Beautiful painting, strikes me how similar your landscape is to ours here in the southwest.

Frank said...

I met a gentleman up here who had moved to northern Maine from Santa Fe and told me that the light up here, as well as the skies, are the same as in the southwest. I would like to get down there some day and see for myself.

Melissa LLHC said...

Reminds me of a typical "Peace Country" prairie scene in northern BC. Lovely.