Texture is so compelling. I MUST paint it as much as possible. It's fun and fascinating. And it's found everywhere.

Andrew Wyeth's paintings, especially his egg tempera masterpieces, display incredible textures. He, of course, spends hours/days/weeks/months perfecting and practicing one small feature of a future painting before attempting the finished work. He's raised the level of the true meaning of 'practice makes perfect!' And his diligence has been recognized internationally and rewarded. He is a master.

This roofscape with its angles and geometric shapes (and all that texture) begged me to paint it. I'm tempted to put something alive in it - a trite pigeon? Whatever I think of seems too predictable. Any ideas?

This painting will be shown next month in an art show which I'm sponsoring to show off work done by artists in all of my current art classes.

The show will open in Cincinnati's Sharon Woods Park on Feb. 16, with an artist's reception on Sunday, Feb. 17 from 1 to 4. Everyone's are invited. We will be open from 10 to 5 from Feb.15 through the following Sunday, Feb.24. With more than 30 artists displaying their work, it will be quite a show. Most of the paintings will be for sale. If you're in the area, please stop in, enjoy the artwork, and say 'hi.'

"TIME GOES BY" Transparent Watercolor on 140#CP Arches 18 x 25"


Tracy Wandling said...

I LOVE this! Texture, wonderful unexpected color...love the warm yellows and oranges...just beautiful. I love Andrew Wyeth too...he's brilliant. Wind From the Sea...my favorite painting.
As for adding another element...hhhmmm...I'll have to think on that. Beautiful piece.

BuckeyeHVL said...

I vote no on the pidgeon! This painting is gorgeous just as it is and needs nothing else. Let the textures and the mood speak for themselves.

Sandy Maudlin said...

Tracy, Your stone/flower paintings on Myrna's blog slide show are wonderful too, and I especially like the checkerboad one. CREATIVE.

And BUCKEYEhvl, thanks for input. I appreciate yur comments in clas too:-)

Ces said...

Holy watercolor masterpiece - Whow!!! I have seen the 3 Wyeth's works, Andrew, Jamie, I forgot the other, don't be so humble, this is just as good if not better. Whow again.

Nick said...

I had to look twice to make sure it wasn't you-know-who...and I'm still not sure! I think it's fine as is, but I can also see a couple of birds - ravens, I'd say - doing something unusual, something ominous...I remember that crow painting you did - maybe you can strike gold twice?

Sandy Maudlin said...

Ces and Nick,
Common on. There's no way to ever get the emotion in a painting that Andrew Wyeth can get. He is amazing. Thanks for comparing him to me but it just ain't so. I LOVE his egg temperas - I could fall into them and never get out.
Keep painting.