Monday, October 25, 2010

Seasonal Meanderings

These are plein-air studies from September, June, and October respectively:

Invitation to Swim, Chapel Pond (9 X 12"), Collection of Mohit Mukherjee.

Jumping-off Point, Friends Creek (10 X 10")

Herring Highway, Rock Creek (16 X 20")

These are larger takes on earlier, smaller studies from last year.

Friends Creek in Fall (30 X 40")

Friends Creek, in Maryland, is where I learned to fly fish as a kid. We used to spend a lot of time swimming in the creek in summer on the weekends, admiring the trout, playing with the crawfish. I'm pleased with the golden tones that come through like guitar chords through the woods, and vertigo-inducing liquifaction of the nearby reflections. The solid, alert presence of the central, pointed rock brings it all together for me.

Winter Ensemble (30 X 40")

The woods below Montrose Park never cease to amaze me, how they go from chaotic green jungle in summer to sparse skeletal remains in winter. This piece is based on photos I took after that first blizzard last winter. It is a musical meditation on vertical wood, depthless snow, suspended leaves, and the sky's descending cobalt teeth.

Creekside Path #2 (16 X20")

I remain dazzled by the golden fires and oceanic waves of snow in this exploration of Rock Creek after last year's blizzard.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

October in Keene Valley

Fall Frenetics (18 X 24"). Preston Collection.

Up in Keene Valley over an extended Columbus Day weekend, I produced a number of good pieces, photographed here in various states of incompletion... or not photographed at all. I like to try and get a week or two in October of solitary, monastic painting time up there in the fall. I hauled my gear up a peak or two this time around, but mostly just enjoyed using the living room as my painting/yoga studio, fireplace roaring and Indian ragas and Beethoven coming through on the sound system. The air is so crisp, waters raging wildly, tree trunks revealing all their musculature and textures, and the leaves crunching like cornflakes under foot.

Summit Spirits on Skylight (in process). Sold.