In the Field
oil on canvas
This painting was inspired from one of my plein air excursions. I actually did not paint it outside or even do a study outside. I snapped a photo and then walked on and painted something else entirely. But I came back to it a while back and really wanted to paint it. It went through many phases. When I first started painting it I stayed true to the what I saw before me- the texture of the grass, the fluffiness of the clouds, etc. And it looked nice, like a nice green field…….but not what I wanted.
Again, I had to repeatedly ask myself “What am I wanting to express? Is it a sight that I saw as it was right before my eyes or my own interpretation of it?”
And my answer was always- no, not what I see, but a suggestion of the actual view in front of me. I want to express what my senses were filled with at that moment.
At that moment, it was the lush green of the field. The green upon green upon green.
I like this quote, may not be true for everyone’s creative process, but it is true for me.