As I write this, I am listening to a selection of beautiful classical music shared by Anne from the Denney Home Place blog. It is always a pleasure to visit there, not only for the music but also for the inspirational quotes.
Henry David Thoreau’s comments caught my eye:
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Life the life you have imagined.
I’ve always liked this quote. I think it touched me more deeply now than ever before, though, because it fits perfectly with thoughts and feelings I experienced while painting the scene below. In fact, I had given this painting the title of Winter Dreams.
This painting speaks to me about dreams, and especially about moving in the direction of my dreams as an artist. Shortly before painting this, I had read a few remarks about art and dreaming, and as I picked up my brushes, those thoughts were still in my mind. I wanted to paint a dream.
I already had a canvas with various splotches of color on it — I’d done that several days ago — and I could clearly see a winter morning hidden within those colors. I loved the bluish gray, the darker grays, the bright white. So, with a deep breath, I picked up my paints and tried to create the dream-like vision I saw in my heart.
One thing I’ve been working on as I move toward a looser style of painting is creating a softness about a landscape, a misty, dream-like quality. I love seeing that softness in paintings I view, and I want it to become part of my artistic repertoire. I think I’ve captured a bit of that softness in the grove of wintry trees, especially those toward the background on the left.
But…still I question myself and my art. I’ve posed this question before: How loose is too loose? When does a painting cross the line between being loose and just being a mess?
Is my painting really an impressionist landscape? Or is it just a jumbled mess of shapes and colors? I don’t know. I do know that I like much of the painting, so that’s a good thing. Whether the painting succeeds in what I wanted to achieve is questionable, yet it’s definitely taking me in the direction I want to go.