I’ve been working on this riotous explosion of foliage for a few weeks. If you follow me on instagram (debrhapainting), you’ll have seen quite a few posts of the work in progress. I had the feeling that this painting knew exactly how it wanted to be, and I just had to clear the way.
This little six inch painting is inspired by a my recent Caribbean cruise (such an amazing trip). I’d never been on a cruise before. I had been warned that when you’re at see the views are kind of boring, just sea and sky, but I could not get enough of looking out. The colors and light change constantly, the reflections. I hope to do some large paintings like this.
This piece is a commission, revisiting the subject of a painting from a few years ago that was destroyed in a fire. I love how color bounces around on these white plates.
A six inch window into summer. In this small painting I focused again on making interesting, descriptive brush marks. Water lilies have this fresh, crisp elegance. The reflections add an interesting element, too. The water is deep and dark, and the bits of red ground bring the heat. Rivers and lakes of western Michigan have been a big part of family vacation and recreation for me. Canoeing, paddle boating, speed boating and swimming.