A funny thing happened when I started this painting. The sky took over. I had every intention of showing a garden on a sunny blue sky day but, as you can see, that's not what happened. I've never before had the feeling that I wasn't completely in control of a piece. When my brush began making those dark churning clouds it crossed my mind that I could make the sky brighter and clearer but something kept me from doing it. In the end I was glad that I let the painting have its way.
So a storm is definitely coming. Trees are blowing sideways, blossomed branches are tossed, a curtain flies from a window, a bell on a gate rings and rings. Milkweed, ferns, wild roses, and spider wort are tangled. The stream is rushing into the pond and the ducks are having second thoughts about their swim. The deer are heading for shelter, a turtle seems to have found some. And if I know that dog she's about to be frightened when the thunder starts. The stone house looks safe and welcoming. I think someone's about to get dinner going.
"The Storm," acrylic on panel, 24" x 18". This painting has sold.
I have some news too. I have had three paintings accepted into a juried show at the Woodstock Artists Museum. The show is titled FOCUS: Surveying the Landscape. I'm very happy about this. It's the first juried show for me and my paintings. The show runs from July 21 through August 26. I'll be at the opening reception on Saturday, July 28 from 4 to 6pm. I'd love to see you if you happen to be in the area.
I have several new prints in my Etsy shop.
Everything is 20% off starting today, July 20, and running through Monday, July 23.