Autumn Morning

oil on canvas 24″x30″

17 thoughts on “Autumn Morning

      • I have a question for you. I am reading a book by Edgar Whitney, I am sure you are familiar with him. He was part of the California Watercolorists group with their own approach to the medium. I am reading how he emphasizes that nature is complex and doesn’t reside within a frame. The artist has to choose the design, the negative as well as positive shapes within the given frame, hence the canvas or paper. I have notice that your paintings don’t necessarily appear to reside within its parameters but has a certain sense of infinity. An ever reaching essence that takes the viewer beyond. I know that Turner achieved this. How do you as an artist keep your mind (and painting hand) from being corralled? Am I over thinking it? Does this occur only with a or of painting, technique, style or? I would like to move more in that direction. I have my own avenues in how I achieve this but i seem to stay form on the ground. I wanted to get your thoughts on this subject, if it isn’t too much trouble. 😊


      • Margaret, This discussion really needs a full explanation, but for the moment, can I give you the short answer. When I start a painting, I’m aware of the colors, contrasts, but I never lock myself into a composition. My goal is to make tangible the intangibles, paint atmosphere, mist, light, clouds. That investigation takes me past the edges and corners of the canvas. When everything is achieved, I’ll step back, and make adjustments, where I think it is necessary. In working on my 6 foot paintings, I step into the canvas, not aware of where the edges exist, I’m really inhabiting the world I’m painting. More later.

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      • Ah! I kind of figured that but needed to hear it from you and how one explains that kind of process is part of that approach. So do you think that painting intuitively supersedes the design element or comp? I think deep down our creative self knows the answers, does that make sense? Love that you got back to me! thank you, I always love to get down to the nitty gritty of a discussion, some people are not into that but I remembered that you like discussions about the creative process. I am humbled. ❤


      • I’m waiting for a truck delivery of 5 new 6 foot canvases. You gave me something to think about as I’m waiting. Yes, your comment makes sense. Composition is intuitive, my priority is to make pigment breath. I think I hear the truck—later.

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      • Another quick question…..I know that you work on smaller canvases, you might have to remind me of the size…..does a small painting inhibit while a large canvas allow your creative process to be free? can you visualize just as easily on a small canvas? I have been thinking about this. I am wanting to go larger but wondering if I will “let loose”. alright, no rush. 🙂 enjoy your new canvases!!


      • Margaret, I vary the size to keep the creative mind active. But let me say, I would never recommend my working methods to anyone. In the beginning, I worked in the traditional manner, but for the last 20 years, I go from chaos to order. I rely on my eye and intuition, clouds may become mountains, the sun may become the moon, water can become sky. I apply pigment, and then go looking for the image. My best work will surprise me, and that is what the creative process should be. Maybe, if you “let loose” you will find yourself?

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      • I think I have given up on finding myself, one of these days I’ll run into myself and be pleasantly surprised. 😊 I think that my creative spirit comes alive when I paint intuitively, I get bored easily and am always searching for meaning and depth. Thank you for putting up with my questions, it is very much appreciated.


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