Two interpretations of a photo

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People are typically surprised when I reveal how my paintings are created. I can’t really explain why, when studying a photo such as the one here, that other interpretations of the subject enter my mind. I think it’s probably recalling past experiences combined with a lot of outdoor painting and intent observation that helps me look beyond the photo and imagine what it could be. Additionally, I do enjoy exploring all the varying moods of nature, and this subject lent itself to such exploration.

This whole idea of interpretation hearkens back to what I’ve written about numerous times in this blog, and have also taught in my workshops for many years…Concept Determines Everything. Think about it. Concept determines the composition, drawing, value structure, variety of edges, color, technique, and yes, even framing.

I hope you enjoy the paintings. They are currently available through my studio at a very special price…15% discount from the price shown on my website…and I’ll even pay the shipping to anywhere in the United States. If you’re interested, please email me;  (Click images to enlarge)

Reference photo

“Miles From Town” – 8″ x 10″ – Oil (Silver/Gold leaf frame)

“A Sublime Morning” – 8.75″ x 13.38″ – Oil (Gold leaf frame)


Next week: Two more interpretations.

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