9 x 12 in
Oil on Canvas
This is a painting I recently did in Key Biscayne, FL. I am in south Florida visiting family, and thought coming down here would be nice and warm to escape the harsh winter of Minneapolis. Well, I got off the plane with the weather at 30 degrees, needless to say I was not happy. I was born and raised in Miami and never experienced this type of cold here. Finally today the weather warmed up to 70 degrees and was able to go out to the beach to do a landscape painting. This is not a normal painting for me, this was heavily influenced by Norman Rockwell. The other day I went and saw his exhibition in Ft.Lauderdale and it was so amazing. To say that I was inspired is an understatement, the way he is able to play with broken colors and also with the blended areas is just pure genius. If I can achieve 1/4 of what he did in painting I will be happy. I really love how he handles the lighter areas with such thick paint and is not afraid to put it on the canvas. I learn so much every time I see his work in person, there is nothing like it. With this painting I just loosened up and went really thick in the lighter areas and played with the gesture of the stroke to give it movement. I hope to do a couple more of these before I leave, hope you enjoy!