Make My Getaway is a soulful, poetic landscape full of moody grays and blues in contrast with warm nearly-neon yellows and soft pinks. It seems as though a storm is rolling in, getting ready to disturb your summery day at the beach, but it’s so beautiful and the pre-storm calm is so powerful you almost want to get drenched in just for the fun of it and to be a part of the beautiful majesty.
The brush strokes and the motion in this painting are really striking. I showed you several photos of the texture of the strokes so you can get a sense of the texture, but I so wish you could see Make My Getaway in person! Several of the strokes are exceptionally thick and heavy, others are light and flowing. When I’m painting I often feel like I’m sculpting with paint. The depth and texture of the brush strokes adds so much form
I spend my days painting and photographing these landscapes, and my evenings editing and writing. Tonight, while editing these photos (I take, many, many photos) I was listening to Hugh Laurie’s new album. His music is such a delicate balance of humorous, sorrowful, lighthearted, and tragic and he shows such incredible skill on the piano. I am always amazed while listening to Hugh play (speaking as one who has spent days and days sitting at the keys), his fingers seem to skip and dance with so much childlike energy.
ANYWAYS, (this really isn’t a paid ad for Hugh – he doesn’t really need my help…) while listening to this album, one tiny line jumped out at me: “Make My Getaway”. It seemed completely perfect for this painting. The rush of the sky, the change in weather, it just seemed to capture both sides of this painting (the care-free light and the coming storm).
This is the LAST painting-a-day landscape for a while. Next on my plate: moving to our new home, a big-deal indie art show, and 20 commission landscape paintings! Woohoo!