Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Brookfield, 2008, oil/panel, 36" x 48" is an example of some of my pastoral landscapes. These are inspired by the country side that I live in (Oro-Medonte township, Ontario). Farm fields present a combo that interests me as a painter. Here you will find space (fields & sky) activated by trees, brush, roads and waterways.
I often divide the composition so that the horizon sits about one third of the way up the canvas. This division leaves plenty of room for skys. I enjoy painting billowing clouds as a way to move the eye through the sky-space and have it act as a foil for the land forms of the ground.
These paintings are not done on site. They are not done from photos. They are based on memories of places seen (often from my bicycle while riding the country roads). The experiences I have looking at the land while traveling the back roads is very positive and sometimes euphoric. The paintings try to respond to my feelings.
(Click on the image for the hi-resolution view)