This piece began as many of these little pieces are beginning, with a playful gradient wash, a loose, “no-sketch” landscape, and a bemused little conversation with the painting about what we should do.
“What do you wish to become? What do we want to do?”
“We” decided that the Earth and Sky seemed distant from one another and that there needed to be birds to bridge the gap.
I love these kinds of landscapes in all seasons. I love looking at the sky, at the clouds and trees, at the skylines and distant hills and wondering how I’d paint them. This curiosity is playful now and this playful open-ended wondering is something that has, until now, pretty much been absent from my painting. Its presence is changing not only the way I paint but the very way I see.
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