As a painter of landscapes, my usual compositions depict vistas with fields, mountains and sky, images that allow the viewer to experience a large portion of the landscape. This is my painting comfort zone, so it’s a challenge for me to do the reverse by zooming in on a very small area of a landscape and painting what I see there.
To paint Cedar Creek Currents, I cropped a portion of a photograph of a nearby stream, then turned it on its side. My intention was to paint the flow of water with sparkling highlights in a palette of rich autumn colors, but to let the painting evolve.
The resulting painting became very abstract, something quite different from my usual landscapes.
I was intrigued by the movement of the ...