A question that I often receive is, “Are you still painting?” This puzzles me. Do we ask musicians if they still make music? Or writers if they still write?
The answer is, Yes, I paint nearly every day for several hours. This is what I do. I can’t seem to help myself. I often do some inside work or gardening in the early part of the day, then head out to the studio and paint. And paint. And paint.
These are three paintings that I completed last week.
This large one is acrylic on canvas 24 x 30 inches. The scene is from the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis. As it’s only a few hours away, my husband and I like to visit for a quick trip. The gardens are beautiful in nearly any season. The scene depicted here is from the Chinese garden area. I was attracted to the bridge, of course, but also the back lighting. It has some echoes of Monet but is pure American impressionism.
The next painting is called Windy Day at the Lake. I painted this en plein air on Friday. My husband and I went over to the Lake (Patoka); him to fish, me to paint. We found a nice sheltered area and had a wonderful morning at the lake. The acrylic sketch is 12 x 16 on canvas board.
The final painting that I completed last week is of the bridge in the Japanese area of the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis. I was attracted to the early autumn colors, the shape of the bridge, and the reflections in the lake. Painted in acrylic on canvas, it has the edges painted black so it wouldn’t necessarily need a frame but could be hung as is. It just gives such a feeling of peace.
So, as an artist, this is what I do.