Weddings are when I think of the tree of life. In preparation for each tree portrait, I focus my attention on the wedding couple. This wedding was in a Russian Orthodox church.
Here’s “North Mountain” in the San Pedros, New Mexico… as it would have appeared at sunset on a snowy winter day in 10,000 BC.
Certain days remain intact as jewels in the memory. Years ago, I was invited out to a family farmstead in the Danish countryside. We, the younger city generation, lolled about in the garden, drinking rose hip tea and channeling the artsy in us. This is the drawing I produced that afternoon. The house is a traditional thatch roof farmhouse with two wings, or lengths. Many farms have four lengths surrounding a courtyard.
I was looking through my artwork and I found these to use for my soon to be written cookbook.
This friend is my cover girl and one of my biggest cheerleaders… making this a fun portrait to paint. This painting was done with only four tubes of paint. The warmth is created by the exclusion of blue.
As a figurative and representational artist, it’s always been harder for me to paint what I cannot see. That said, if someone or something is in front of me, I can see so much more than what is evident. This painting called, “Under the Elms” is a wedding gift and a tribute to my grandparents who survived WWII. It is an abstract, of sorts, because the recipient likes abstract modernist art. I aim to please.