|Summerland, oil/panel, 60" x 40" (click to enlarge)|
Since I do not work from photos as a reference, I must rely on my recollection of what I saw and experienced in summer. Then I must employ my drawing and painting skills.
The light of the sky, the variations in billowing clouds, the contrast of the foliage against the ground and sky, haze, textures... all of these elements are important. Plus, there are the non-visual experiences: smell, wind, heat, sounds, the sweat on my back as I ride my bike along the country road. I try to remember all of these sensations while I paint.
There is nothing else in my painting. No grand statements. No manifesto. No raging against something, someone or some group, idea, political stance. I just want to be quiet. And still.