As I continue to explore what I want my paintings to look like I find more interest in deliberate brush strokes that come through in my subjects. Last week on an overcast day, I found this alley in Mt. Vernon, WA that seemed to have the right feel for a painting. Thinking about what my brush stroke with a load of
paint might say as I composed this work, it became clear when I laid down each stroke that I liked what was happening. The objects color stroke became less important than the subject matter and I found satisfaction in this final work. I am going to continue pursuing this method of painting in all scenes, feeling a sense of artistic license to create the scene I want.
So much life is centered around the Skagit River which runs through the heart of old Mount Vernon. The Salish Sea Plein Air group returns to this site annually to refresh our memories and apply our brushes. We got more than we expected this morning with a splash of rain midway through this piece. It is often just as easy by then to remember what needed to be finished and so folding up my easel and paints, took them home to do just that.
Sometimes those things that you see frequently are the things that are most interesting. Just outside of LaConner is a boat building business and it has some of the most interesting scenes. This line up of cast old boats caught my attention yesterday and the simple shapes were fun to paint. Standing in the dry grass I noticed a little movement nearby and upon closer inspection, both the garter snake and I decided we could occupy the same space without too much to worry about. Of course I held out the longest. Oil on panel 9x12.