Rainforests, Waterfalls & Icebergs

Posted by on Apr 29, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

Besides the idea of water in various forms, what do these three paintings have in common? Well I’m thinking if I hadn’t painted Tidefall and Iceberg first, Rainforest Beach would have been an entirely different painting.

I am finding it fun and beneficial to do some small, direct paintings like the top two panel paintings. I can paint them in one or two sessions and focus on the paint and process and not get too caught up in the final result. I do, however, quite like the final results, which use loose and painterly strokes that look abstract up close, yet read as representational depictions as a whole. While I like these paintings for what they are, the true excitement for me lies in how I can translate what I learned from these paintings into my next larger piece.

Tidefall, Acrylic on Panel, 2018, 12 x 16 inches

Iceberg, Acrylic on Panel, 2018, 16 x 12 inches

Cue Rainforest Beach. (Click on image for larger view.) It is probably true to say that many previous paintings inform your next piece. And the artist may often be more aware of these influences than the casual observer. I began the painting below the same way as the above panel paintings — pushing paint around loosely to depict a representational scene that plays with abstraction when viewed up close. The difference is I wanted to push the piece further to explore pattern and color yet still be true to a representational depiction. In essence combine some of the immediacy of the above two pieces with some of the ideas I was exploring in my previous two paintings, Night Sky Calling and Monumental Mountain. I’m going to dive further into this exploration in Rainforest Beach Part Two, which right now, is just an idea floating around in my head. And yes, that’s two more water references thrown into the last sentence, in case anyone is paying attention to how the first sentence in this post started! Stay tuned…

Rainforest Beach, Acrylic on Canvas, 2018, 22 x 28 inches