Are you intriqued with gentle storms and peaceful feelings, brilliant colors and happy places? I’d like to share something a little different with you because this painting was created in a different kind of way for me. I like the final product, it was experimental and creative combining different aspects of how and why I did what I did. I also thought you might like to see the three process pictures. I don’t always take pictures because I get too caught up in the moment painting. But this one was different…I hope you enjoy!
The original painting became the underpainting.
Not too long ago, I took a painting workshop taught by the creative and talented artist Bonita Goldberg. The key approach in this workshop was to “put passion into your paintings.” She taught that the colors we use in our paintings can indicate emotion and passion. The yellow and blue painting you see here was the finished product from the workshop. I painted it from a reference photo I took while on Cumberland Island off the Georgia coast. The thrill of being there, the island and the marsh brought me “happiness, optimism and joy” indicated by the yellows in the sky. The blues represented “peace, calm and serenity.” All of the feelings associated with being in a beautiful place, with the person you want to be with.
In the middle.
A few months passed and I kept looking at the painting. I liked it but always wanted to do more. Being such a realist, I decided to complete it with colors that were more like the true colors I saw. Once again, I went to my reference photo to get the needed information. I added some land and the clouds that were really there. I imagined, and then painted the storm in the background.
“Subtle Storm”. It spoke, I listened.
“Subtle Storm” and it’s emotional underpainting seemed to create a glowing effect which surprised me. It’s as if I could hear the distant thunder and the gently rain in the background as I painted. What a gift to be happily surprised, letting the painting speak. I know, that’s strange, but that’s how I roll!
I used my artistic license when adding the few foreground flowers. The storm really didn’t exist, it most likely would have been seen as dark clouds with rain as the storm brewed in the distance. You notice these things when you’re an artist looking to observe truth in nature. Sometimes it’s fun to bend the truth and I can safely do that with a piece of art! I totally enjoyed the process, what a gift to be able to recreate and relive vivid, joyful and emotional moments in this life.