Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Whoops--A Landscape. How'd That Get In There

Imagine A Landscape, 9X11" Mixed media on panel.
Another accident.  This was crying out in a retro sort of way.  It wanted this.  Had a blast with the textures and glazes though.


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19 comments:

Jan Yates, SCA, Canada said...

Bill-i RARELY use this word because in it's overuse it has lost sincerity--but i am shouting out ....i LOVE this!!!!!!takes my breath away!!!! please keep up with these accidents--please please please??

Casey Klahn said...

Even the accidental landscape needs it day. I enjoy this.

L.W.Roth, said...

Very nice Bill. The glow of day slipping into night is perfect. You're having quite a good time and it shows.

Robin said...

The light and dark contrasts, the sky, is just beautiful; what are the different mediums you used? pastel and oil? It actually looks like it was painted with wax, encaustic medium.

William Cook said...

Hi Jan--Thanks for looking! It really was odd this popping out of the understructure like that. It's also strange how immediately the thing finalized, like it knew what it wanted to be.

Hi Casey--Thanks for that. It does seem to relishing all the attention at the moment. The little dear has a life of its own.

Hi Linda--Indeed--always a favorite time of day, whatever the season. Thanks for your comment.

Hi Robin--Thanks! These works are essentially acrylic media, although some of it is acrylic house paint, augmented with white tile grout, sanded tile grout, mortars and Elmer's glue (PVA). There has been some use of other ingredients such as colored pencil, pastel, tempra, collage elements, photo transfers (attempts) and sawdust. The only oil being used is in glazing with Liquin as a medium (dries quick). I love encaustics, and it's not inconceivable that some of that could merge into the mix also, but not yet. Thanks for your wonderful comments.

Wm

Sonya Johnson said...

Very cool, Bill. The glow you captured here beckons one to pass through the trees to see the actual sun...or maybe the glow of a fire?

Either way, it's a really happy accident. Have more of those, I say!

Celeste Bergin said...

retro?
well...I really love those colors and shapes..it's really serene

AutumnLeaves said...

This is just so gorgeous, William. I am reminded of old masters' works. The light is beautiful and is a perfect backdrop for this line of trees. Love the sky colors and the foreground is perfectly lit as well. Amazing!

William Cook said...

Hi Sonya--I agree. Time for some more of these. Thanks for checking in, always a pleasure.

Hi Celeste--'Retro' in the sense of my own history--I used to make up a lot of these tree/sky/ground compositions back in the late 70s. So this piece represents a flashback. You're very perceptive in that the subject of these was always serenity and peace.
Water/sky does that too. I like this thinking in terms of a possible direction--not that there's anything wrong with excitement and drama in painting--I just need the serenity at this time in my life. You're amazing, Celeste--your comment has egged me on.

Hi Sherry--It is amazing the attention this piece grabs as it sits among twenty other paintings in progress. Your eye goes right to it. Uncanny. And technically it's identical to all the others--with all the same stuff going on. All I did was nudge it a little in the direction of a landscape. Thanks so much for stopping by--best regards.

Caroline said...

Van Gogh with fire in the sky! it is amazing to see the landscape from you, yet it is a very fine work from you Bill. Full of energy and mood a wee gem.

William Cook said...

Oh what a wonderful comment, Caroline, especially coming from you the painter of skies! Thank you so much. I'm thrilled you like it. Wm

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

The light breaks behind the trees with delicacy and I can smell the scent of green on the air. I like it!

John Brisson said...

My kind of painting!!

William Cook said...

Hi Kvan--I don't know if I see evening or morning in this but that scent of green really comes through, you're right. Thanks for stopping in.

Hi John--Always a pleasure--thanks for checking in. I agree with the sentiment. There's just something about a recognizable image that holds the attention.

indira lakhsmita said...

forever
yellow
skies.

William Cook said...

yes indeed,
yes indeed.

hw (hallie) farber said...

This is a jewel of a landscape. I've looked at it several times--it looks aged but it's also what I see when I'm on these southern VA highways. Beautiful.

William Cook said...

Hi Hallie--Nice. I've seen that too now that you mention it--dusk scenes down in southern VA on those long drives. So glad to hear from you! All the best.

Andrew Finnie said...

Hello William, the best accidents are the ones that we choose to filter and select as an image to keep. so perhaps not accidents at all. You're a good artists I 'm glad I found your blog. Your enthusiasm is catchy. I have your enthusiasm but cannot make it contagious to the other artists I know in the flesh :) bummer

I found Terry Miura's blog via here, wonderful tonalist by the look of it

cheers from Oz :)