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Chambolle Musigny 2013 Oil, Graphite on Canvas 48”x48”

After spending some time recently in Burgundy, France I felt inspired to try my hand at some abstract landscapes, which I haven't done in a few years having been focusing mainly on nonrepresentational abstract painting. My goal is to paint how I like to paint - without any preconceived plan basically as to how the painting will progress, just letting the painting happen - but with the slight modification of having a specific image in mind. What I don’t want to do is get into the trap of basically just coloring in a drawing. What I have been doing for these abstract landscapes is to start the same as I always do, with a big loose underpainting of white, and then just going for it. Once I find myself beginning to focus more on the idea than the paint, then I stop. So far I have done three.

Chalonnaise Chateau in Winter 2013 Oil, Graphite on Canvas 36”x36”

This one was challenging to do with my technique because of all the architecture. I really didn’t want to get too realistic and to keep feeling the paint as I painted rather than the specifics of the image.

Chalonnaise Chateau in Winter 2013 Oil, Graphite on Canvas 36”x36”

I did in acrylics to see if I preferred the feel rather than oils. Basically I like both. I like switching to acrylics every so often because it kind of prevents you from getting into too much of a groove where it becomes too easy to miss spontaneous happenings.

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