Accepted to the McCullough Hyde Healing Arts Exhibit
My husband Dave loved to watch the sunset over Lake Michigan. For over 30 years we returned to the lake in the summer, and watched in awe of the dramatic sky and peaceful rhythm of the waves. This time would be the last. The following winter, he passed away just before the pandemic took hold. While sheltering in place, it brought me peace to paint the bold color and fleeting light of time passing, remembering Dave’s life well lived.
I saw a fabulous sunset this summer on our trip to Michigan. I had to paint it! I’ve rarely painted anything like this. I want to paint a bigger one, this one is 9×12” on canvas board. I sold the painting on Facebook to an old friend who grew up appreciating the Lake Michigan Sunset.
I was cleaning my palette to start fresh, but it had one last landscape to deliver. This was taken after I had soaked it in water and poured it out. I did let it dry to see if it could be salvaged but the film was too weak. I did get a nice photo though.
One could create a landscape in this manner without adding water. 😉
Here is the whole palette.
I noticed my palette is looking very juicy and colorful for my Lilly Pad paintings! I use Golden Open Acrylics and a Mijello Palette that seals. I can keep a palette going for a year or more if it gets regular use, refilling and maintenance. I don’t put water in the palette like other acrylics, that would be bad news! It’s the advantage of Golden Opens. The paint doesn’t skin over, it gets thicker, and impasto pasty gooey! That’s what I love! I was accustomed to oils and I use it the same way.
'Art should serve a purpose other than itself.' Kath Kollwitz. 'Painting is drawing on canvas and engraving is drawing on copper and nothing else. Drawing is execution and nothing else'. (Blake,c.1809)