Thursday, September 15, 2011

Moonrise Painting

I just finished this painting for some of our family friends, the Callahans.

30" x 40" / acrylics

Painting a landscape was a challenge, since I've mainly done portraits for the past few years. I tried to incorporate what I've learned from textiles, using pattern to create textures. Holga photography (which is popular right now) also influenced the color pallate. Of course, Van Gogh's work is my constant underlying inspiration — but that's probably pretty obvious here. :)

The landscape is inspired by the cliffs of my hometown, Palos Verdes, and the Cuyamaca Mountains here in San Diego. Cleveland sage, a native California plant, is in the foreground. I have some here in my studio for reference and aromatherapy!

By the way, sorry for the lapse in blogging. I've been working to market my book, which has been intimidating, but rewarding. That etsy shop is also still in the works, and I hope to have something to show for it by the end of the month. So, stay tuned!