Saturday, March 19, 2016

Painting an Emotion

Carousel  Oil on Canvas  20 in x 20 in
I am just recently back from Honduras, where I was asked to paint a mural on the wall of a Mission School that a group of friends built a number of years ago. I have been there before, six years ago I painted my first mural of a jungle theme.  Anyways, after being there for a week the time came for registration of the children, K to 6. The morning dawned bright and hot and all kinds of Honduran's showed up at the gates of the compound to register their children.  I watched the scene from the second story of the school and was struck by the joyous atmosphere of all the people below, it was quite an emotional time for everyone.  I determined that when I got home I would attempt to capture that feeling I experienced, one of happiness, expectation, togetherness and also the vibrancy of the day.  So, the painting evolved into something that became a lot of fun to do, not necessarily being to concerned about representing the literalness of everything but more of the emotional aspect. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Spring Breakup

Spring Breakup  Oil on board
It was a particularly nice morning to paint outdoors so I packed my paint box and headed out to look for a nice place to sit and enjoy the springlike weather. Good thing I did because the weather changed the next day and we are back into winter for awhile.