Friday, June 11, 2010

"Off the Path"

One of my students asked me if I ever worked from my imagination and I said "no." Never say never because that is exactly what I started doing after that particular conversation last spring. Thank you Afshin. "Off the Path" is a painting I created in my studio although my muse are numerous memories of living and revisiting the northwoods area. Also I have a couple of little 4x6 oil sketches created over the past eight years so it's not 100% invention. But working this way is a leap for me since I've always preferred painting on location and not re-working the painting later in the studio.
"Off the Path" is a 36"x24" palette knife painting. I was really thinking about Leffel's definition of background and spent a lot of time developing my "background" prior to hitting the lights.
This painting will be shown at the Marion Street Gallery, Oak Park, Il.


SamArtDog said...

Memory paintings can be as evocative as memory scents. Nice job!

susan hong-sammons said...

Dear Sam, you are so right! Thanks for the reminder. (I love the smells of artist studios particularly oil painters)

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Oh my goodness. This is phenomenal Susan. Gorgeous work. So glad you took that leap!

loriann said...

Memory paintings are very special and this one is no exception. You have distilled the important information down to its essence. Only what is necessary, no more. it's a beauty Susan!

Karen said...

Your thoughts (about background) are SO evident here. LOVE THIS.

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

It's amazing. I wish that the words can describe this beautiful painting. Well done Susan.

Jan Yates, SCA said...

Susan this is a beutiful painting--I especially like the movement and light--and the 'other-worldliness'

really enjoyed your earlier posts and how I envy you working with leffel(sp?)

*thanks as well for your comments re my work

susan hong-sammons said...

Dear Kathleen, Thank you so much for your positive feedback. I'm going to try to push the "leap" some more.
Hi Loriann, Isn't it tough to decide what is essential and what is just noise. Thanks so much for the great reminder.
Hey Karen, good to know. David certainly does have his own unique language and thought process.
Hi Joan,I am really glad you like this piece. It's such a jump for me. I hope you can stop by again soon.
Hi Jan, Yes, studying with Leffel is a gem of an opportunity and one that I hope to repeat again this fall.