Monday, November 09, 2020

20 First Dates: Nocturne No. 2 - Renewal


Nocturne No. 2 - Renewal

Nocturne No. 2 - Renewal

8 x 12 inch oil on linen panel

This final painting in my "20 First Dates" series offers many layers of meaning. As we move toward winter (on the calendar, if not in day-to-day weather), we enter a season of quiet renewal. And I've always been partial to dusk and nighttime subjects in my paintings because of the power of light within these compositions. Both of these themes hold added significance to me as we draw near the end of a challenging year together and begin to look ahead to what will hopefully be a better year ahead.

I started my "Nocturne" series a couple of years ago, and then - much like a dog chasing a butterfly across a pasture - my artist eye latched onto other ideas in the meantime. But the months ahead now seem like the perfect time to revisit this series as I cannot imagine anything more relevant for this time. So while this painting ends the "20 First Dates" series, it also serves as a bridge to what you'll see from me in the upcoming months as I explore the darker side of subjects and the beauty of light within them.


Tuesday, November 03, 2020

20 First Dates: Chicago Electric

12 x 18 inch oil on linen panel
With the arrival of November, my thoughts turn to the upcoming holidays. During the Thanksgiving holiday, my husband and I often visit his family in the Chicago suburbs, affording me the perfect opportunity to visit one of my favorite cities and one of my favorite art museums, The Art Institute of Chicago, all in one fell swoop. 
This year, we'll stick closer to home, but I can still pay homage to this wonderful city through my artwork, and Chicago Electric is a perfect way to showcase the Loop and its magic. I can always get lost in the abstract play of colorful reflections and lights.

Detail of Chicago Electric

Details of Chicago Electric

Framed view of Chicago Electric, in a satin black frame 

Framed view of Chicago Electric