There is a lake not too far from my neighborhood. It's a take off and landing strip for float planes. I used to take my boys there when they were young....we would eat our little sack lunches and watch the planes take off and land. We were right there on the edge of the lake....and you could feel the engines rumble in your chest as they blew by. Wow, nothing better than that with little boys. I'd watch their faces while a plane would be taking off....my oldest son would talk and point the whole time, I couldn't hear a word over the engine noise, but I shared his excitedment. My younger son would just shake with excitement and point.
This painting is at Lake Hood, these adorable little shacks are at each float plane "slip" as they call it, Like a water driveway for a plane. It's parked next to it's little shack. People plant flowers and paint these little shacks fun colors....the lake is like a small community of tiny houses, very Hansel and Gretel.
This was an odd summer, it just seemed to fly by. Maybe it was the late start.....maybe more rainy days than sunny ones? Maybe I was distracted. Anyways, this little painting puts me right back on the day it was painted...a warm, bright, long Alaskan day.....and a little sunburn on my shoulders.
I've had clouds and sky on my mind these past few months. I seem to be engaged in a totally different task when I look up and see some incredible sky hovering above me........just flaunting itself in front of my eyes, while I carry in the groceries or check the mailbox. As if to let me know a beautiful painting is always waiting for me to paint....every day....any minute, I'm just not making time for it.
The two paintings above were done on a hilltop in Pullman, WA. The sun was setting and we grabbed all our gear and raced to catch the last of the light and color of that evening sky. Fun! I loved the speed and immediacy of these paintings.....color only! My last lesson of the trip and I had no idea it was going to be taught. Thank you Henry for teaching me these past few years, I have appreciated all you have taught me.
I just finished this one. I like how it turned out. I have a thing for goggles, gas masks and really anything with metal or chrome against your face!
I love the contrast of soft colorful flesh against something machined and masculine.
I've always loved contrast......high contrast black and white photography was where it started in my tender, teen years. Then contrast with color....now I love contrast of color and subject matter next to each other.
Besides.....you just have to admit it....gas masks are so cool! They're very symbolic to me.