This painting came about in the midst of a struggle.
I was fighting with an entire painting series that wasn't going well, and decided to take a quick break. There was a photograph that had been on my mind, and I wanted to see what I could do with it.
This image comes from my trip to Ecuador, where we explored Cotopaxi National Park. While we hiked around a lakebed, the wind picked up, some dark clouds rolled in, and a storm threatened.
Fun fact about me: my absolute favorite weather is the quiet moments just before a storm.
We used to get great summer storms when I was growing up in Connecticut, and even better ones now in Iowa where my parents live, but we are seriously lacking them in California.
So you can imagine how excited I was.
The new technique I wanted to try was based off a new way I've been creating sketches: I do a really fast, rough sketch with a ballpoint pen and then added in a layers of color on top.
Pens aren't exactly standard materials to use on canvas, but after struggling with not getting the fine lines I was looking for in other paintings, I figured I would it a shot.
Love. Even though the finished piece doesn't look much at all like the original photograph (one of my standard problems!), I adored its luminous, half-sketched/half-painted look and how it captured that threatening weather that I love.
I'm excited to try this technique on some of the images from our Utah road trip, and maybe go a bit bigger?
I hope everyone's having a good week! We're almost there!