Wednesday, July 15, 2009

"Avalon Dunes" 6"x8" oil


My next few post will highlight some of the oil paintings I did while vacationing on the Jersey shore. Although I'm really glad to live in this high-tech age, I discovered living without a computer and cell phone was really nice, for a while. Instead of grabbing a large mug of coffee and answering emails, I headed to the beach and worked on 2-3 paintings every day. Most of the paintings were palette knife pieces because an excited on-looker kicked over my turp. can (and easel) but this ended up being a happy accident. I really liked how painting with thicker layers of paint forced me to focus on accuracy and kept me from being tentative. Besides trying to get accurate values I'm pushing how far I can go with abstraction and yet still be representational.

6 comments:

Janelle Goodwin said...

That must have been a happy accident! This painting is wonderful with the thick, jewel-like colors of the skies, dunes and grasses. Looking forward to seeing more from your trip.

Honor Martinez said...

I love the colors, the sense of movement in this painting. Great job.

Jill Berry said...

Nice to see you back with your vacation memorabilia.
Necessity is the mother of invention- I just read a post about using sticks for brushes!

Great gritty beach-feel to this.

susan hong-sammons said...

Hello Janelle, It was a great trip and I hope you'll enjoy the rest of the paintings. I'm glad you appreciated the "jewel-like" tones. As you know, it can be a battle.

susan hong-sammons said...

Hi Honor, Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. Movement is always important for me in my paintings.

susan hong-sammons said...

HI Jill, Thankfully I didn't have to resort to sticks!!!