Here’s a winding path that I’m going to map out for you and who and what I met along the way.
I follow the blogs of a fellow artist, Phillipa King. (Look here and here.) One day she posted a bit of information about a painter I’d never heard of, Nicolas de Stael. I loved the poetry and painting she did in response to his paintings, so, I had to look him up. When I saw his work, I felt an instant – feeling of being at home? – with and in his images.
I felt the need to paint landscapes myself, to go to places in my own head in my own way, so to speak. I didn’t have any intention of copying or imitating his work; instead, it seemed to spark something in me that needed to be expressed.
These three paintings are part of that bit of travel – each one is 12″ x 16″ and done in acrylics on board.
I also did about a hundred (yes) smaller paintings – either 6″ x 6″ or 5″ x 7″. I happened to have a lot of boards in these sizes, they are quite cheap, and so I had stockpiled them just for something like this moment. I have a plan for them – later on I will reveal it, but for now, take a look at these paintings, and let me express my thanks to Pippa and to Nicolas de Stael for something meaningful in my art life.