Since finishing my Water Sky series I had in mind to do a series focusing on the earth and sky. These two paintings are the beginning of that exploration. I am looking for a similar interaction of the elements of earth and sky that I found so prevalent with water and sky.
I have always enjoyed watching the sky and the many varied cloud formations, whether subtle or dramatic. What is the relationship of earth and sky in terms of color, light and texture and how does one affect the other in a painting composition? Naturally, the sky is the light source in a landscape. But what else? With these paintings I chose to make the movement and shapes of the clouds a part of the composition that echoes the shapes of the earth.
The decision of whether to post these all together or in separate posts was resolved by creating one large post in order to wrap up this series of paintings. I may have my need to paint the ocean out of my system - for a while. With this series I explored the the relationship
of the elements water and sky in terms of color, light, and texture. Of course, watercolor seems the perfect vehicle to explore this very watery subject. And when you remove the subject itself, what remains are the graphic elements, minimalist bands of color and texture.
My aim with this series may have been too expansive. Something as simple as water and sky has so many variables that it is difficult to narrow the focus. Because of this I approached each composition as minimally as possible, a simple horizontal line dividing the space, and then what happens where those two elements meet, on either side of that line. So yeah, it is likely that I will return to this theme at some point, because there are still mysteries to be solved.
This is the third painting in my Water Sky series where I explore the interaction of the color, light and surface of water and sky. I am interested in where these elements meet, and how the appearance of one is related to the other, with only a thin horizon of separation. This particular scene was captured looking out over St. Helena Sound on a bright and very windy day. The clouds and the water were both in constant motion and it was this movement, along with the depth of blues, that I wanted to express with paint.