|"Sunset on ice," 8 x 10 acrylic on canvas panel|
Sometimes Nature speaks to you if you listen. Not in words, but in impulses, in sights and sounds and moods.
So it was when I saw a dramatic photo by my blog friend Alan Bates on one of his hikes in the Turkey Mountain urban wilderness at Tulsa this week.
We follow each other on Facebook, that's the story of the photo of sunset on a partially frozen pond. I'd been searching for something different to paint, and Nature spoke.
I also tried to add drama, taking artistic license with it to flip it horizontally for composition purposes. Then I just started painting, using palette knives for texture, not sure where it was going. Before I was through I discovered I'd gone back to favorite complementary colors, oranges and blues. Brushwork added a few finishing touches.
I discovered more about myself here too. I was not tied down to reality--my usual fault. Instead I painted looser, ending up more impressionistic, with more texture and more vibrant color (the colors you see are actual). It just seemed to happen.